Author(s): Rathbone DA, Holt PJ, Lowe CR, Bruce NC
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Abstract The structural gene for heroin esterase was cloned from Rhodococcus sp. strain H1 and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3). The purified enzyme was found to be a tetramer with an M(r) of 137,000 and an apparent K(m) of 0.88 mM for 6-acetylmorphine. The G-x-S-x-G motif was observed in the deduced amino acid sequence, suggesting that the enzyme is a serin esterase.
This article was published in Appl Environ Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology