Purification and characterization of neuraminidase from Clostridium perfringens.

C. H. Chien*, S. C. Chang, Y. H. Wei

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Neuraminidase (EC has been purified from the culture medium of Clostridium perfringens ATCC 10543, through steps of gel filtration on Sephadex G-75 column, DEAE-cellulose DE 23 anion exchange chromatography, and isochromatofocusing. A homogeneous enzyme was obtained with a 7552-fold increase in specific activity to 295 units/mg protein. The yield was about 25%. The enzyme consists of a single polypeptide with a molecular weight of 69,000 as determined by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Kinetic studies showed that Km is 1.5 mM for sialyllactose and Vmax is 0.41 mumole/min/ml at the enzyme concentration of 0.14 microgram/ml. The enzyme is stable at pH 5.2-8.0 with an optimal pH of 6.0. A concentrated solution of the purified enzyme was stable over one year at 4 degrees C. The purified enzyme hydrolyzed human alpha 1-acid glycoprotein completely; thus, it can be used in the clinical assay of N-acetylneuraminic acid in the serum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-209
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the National Science Council, Republic of China. Part B, Life sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 07 1989
Externally publishedYes


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