DspA from Strongylocentrotus purpuratus: the First Biochemically Characterized Haloalkane Dehalogenase of Non-Microbial Origin
Fortova, A., Sebestova, E., Stepankova, V., Koudelakova, T., Palkova, L., Damborsky, J., Chaloupkova, R.
BIOCHIMIE 95: 2091-2096 (2013)
Haloalkane dehalogenases are known as bacterial enzymes cleaving a carbon-halogen bond in halogenated compounds. Here we report the first biochemically characterized non-microbial haloalkane dehalogenase DspA from Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. The enzyme shows a preference for terminally brominated hydrocarbons and enantioselectivity towards β-brominated alkanes. Moreover, we identified other putative dehalogenases of eukaryotic origin, representing targets for future experiments to discover dehalogenases with novel catalytic properties.