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Abstract

Two distinct bacterial and eukaryotic serine racemases (SRs) have been identified based on phylogenetic and biochemical characteristics. Although some reports have suggested that marine heterotrophic bacteria have the potential to produce -serine, the gene encoding bacterial SRs is not found in those bacterial genomes. In this study, using in-depth genomic analysis, we found that eukaryotic SR homologues were distributed widely in various bacterial genomes. Additionally, we selected a eukaryotic SR homologue from a marine heterotrophic bacterium, Och 149 (RiSR), and constructed an RiSR gene expression system in for studying the properties of the enzyme. Among the tested amino acids, the recombinant RiSR exhibited both racemization and dehydration activities only towards serine, similar to many eukaryotic SRs. Mg and MgATP enhanced both activities of RiSR, whereas EDTA abolished these enzymatic activities. The enzymatic properties and domain structure of RiSR were similar to those of eukaryotic SRs, particularly mammalian SRs. However, RiSR showed lower catalytic efficiency for -serine dehydration ( /  = 0.094 min mM) than those of eukaryotic SRs reported to date ( /  = 0.6–21 min mM). In contrast, the catalytic efficiency for -serine racemization of RiSR ( /  = 3.14 min mM) was 34-fold higher than that of -serine dehydration. These data suggested that RiSR primarily catalysed serine racemization rather than dehydration.

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