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The SCUEC4 strain of Ochrobactrum intermedium is a newly isolated bacterium that degrades nicotine can use nicotine as the sole carbon source via a series of enzymatic catalytic processes. The mechanisms underlying nicotine degradation in this bacterium and the corresponding functional genes remain unclear. Here, we analyzed the function and biological properties of the ocnE gene involved in the nicotine-degradation pathways in strain SCUEC4. The ocnE gene was cloned by PCR with total DNA of strain SCUEC4 and used to construct the recombinant plasmid pET28a-ocnE. The overexpression of the OcnE protein was detected by SDS-PAGE analysis, and study of the function of this protein was spectrophotometrically carried out by monitoring the changes of 2,5-dihydroxypyridine. Moreover, the effects of temperature, pH, and metal ions on the biological activities of the OcnE protein were analyzed. The optimal conditions for the biological activities of OcnE, a protein of approximately 37.6 kDa, were determined to be 25 °C, pH 7.0, and 25 μmol/L Fe2+, and the suitable storage conditions for the OcnE protein were 0 °C and pH 7.0. In conclusion, the ocnE gene is responsible for the ability of 2,5-dihydroxypyridine dioxygenase. These findings will be beneficial in clarifying the mechanisms of nicotine degradation in O. intermedium SCUEC4.


Meng-Fei Yu, Zhen-Zhen Xia, Jia-Cheng Yao, Zhe Feng, Ding-Hua Li, Tao Liu, Guo-Jun Cheng, Dong-Lan He, Xiao-Hua Li. Functional analysis of the ocnE gene involved in nicotine-degradation pathways in Ochrobactrum intermedium SCUEC4 and its enzymatic properties. Canadian journal of microbiology. 2021 Feb;67(2):138-146

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