Discovery of two novel oxidases using a high-throughput activity screen

Elzbieta Rembeza, Alessandro Boverio, Marco W Fraaije*, Martin Engqvist*

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Discovery of novel enzymes is a challenging task, yet a crucial one, due to their increasing relevance as chemical catalysts and biotechnological tools. In our work we present a high-throughput screening approach to discovering novel activities. A screen of 96 putative oxidases with 23 substrates led to the discovery of two new enzymes. The first enzyme, N-acetyl-D-hexosamine oxidase (EC from Ralstonia solanacearum, is a vanillyl alcohol oxidase-like flavoprotein displaying the highest activity with N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylgalactosamine. Before our discovery of the enzyme, its activity was an orphan one - experimentally characterized but lacking the link to amino acid sequence. The second enzyme, from an uncultured marine euryarchaeota, is a long-chain alcohol oxidase (LCAO, EC active with a range of fatty alcohols, with 1-dodecanol being the preferred substrate. The enzyme displays no sequence similarity to previously characterised LCAOs, and thus is a completely novel representative of a protein with such activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202100510
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 19-Jan-2022

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