The Open Biochemistry Journal

ISSN: 1874-091X ― Volume 13, 2019

Purification, Characterization and Comparison between Two New L-asparaginases from Bacillus PG03 and Bacillus PG04

Mahsa Rahimzadeh*, 1, 4, Manijeh Poodat2, Sedigheh Javadpour3, Fatemeh Izadpanah Qeshmi4, Fereshteh Shamsipour5
1 Molecular Medicine Research Center, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
2 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Payame Noor University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
3 Molecular Medicine Research Center, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
4 Food and Cosmetic Health Research Center, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
5 Monoclonal Antibody Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, (ACECR), Tehran, Iran



L-asparaginase has been used as a chemotherapeutic agent in treatment of lymphoblastic leukemia. In the present investigation, Bacillus sp. PG03 and Bacillus sp. PG04 were studied.


L- asparaginases were produced using different culture media and were purified using ion exchange chromatography.


Maximum productivity was obtained when asparagine was used as the nitrogen source at pH 7 and 48 h after cultivation. New intracellular L-asparaginases showed an apparent molecular weight of 25 kDa and 30 kDa by SDS-PAGE respectively. These enzymes were active in a wide pH range (3-9) with maximum activity at pH 6 for Bacillus PG03 and pH 7 for Bacillus PG04 L-asparaginase. Bacillus PG03 enzyme was optimally active at 37 ˚C and Bacillus PG04 maximum activity was observed at 40˚C. Kinetic parameters km and Vmax of both enzymes were studied using L-asparagine as the substrate. Thermal inactivation studies of Bacillus PG03 and Bacillus PG04 L-asparaginase exhibited t1/2 of 69.3 min and 34.6 min in 37 ˚C respectively. Also T50 and ∆G of inactivation were measured for both enzymes.


The results revealed that both enzymes had appropriate characteristics and thus could be a potential candidate for medical applications.

Keywords: Bacillus PG03, Bacillus PG04, L-asparaginase, Purification, Thermostability.

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Year: 2016
Volume: 10
First Page: 35
Last Page: 45
Publisher Id: TOBIOCJ-10-35
DOI: 10.2174/1874091X01610010035

Article History:

Received Date: 7/02/2016
Revision Received Date: 25/08/2016
Acceptance Date: 22/09/2016
Electronic publication date: 04/11/2016
Collection year: 2016

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