Indexed on: 02 May '12Published on: 02 May '12Published in: Biotechnology Letters
The budC gene encoding the meso-2,3-BDH from Klebsiella pneumoniae XJ-Li was expressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) pLys. Hypothetical amino acid sequence alignments revealed that the enzyme belongs to the short chain dehydrogenase/reductase family. After purification and refolding, the recombinant enzyme had activities of 218 U/mg for reduction of acetoin and 66 U/mg for oxidation of meso-2,3-butanediol. Highest activities were at pH 8.0 and 9.0 respectively. These are higher than other meso-2,3-butanediol dehydrogenases from K. pneumoniae. The low K (m) value (0.65 mM) for acetoin indicated that the enzyme can easily reduce acetoin to meso-2,3-butanediol. There were no significant activities towards 2R,3R-2,3-butanediol, 1,4-butanediol and 2S,3S-2,3-butanediol, suggesting that the enzyme has a high stereospecificity for the meso-dihydric alcohol.