Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 233–248 | Cite as

Purification and regulation of aspartate transcarbamylase from germinated mung bean (Vigna radiata) seedlings

  • P. V. Prasad
  • N. Appaji Rao


Aspartate transcarbamylase (EC was purified to homogeniety from germinated mung bean seedlings by treatment with carbamyl phosphate. The purified enzyme was a hexamer with a subunit molecular weight of 20,600. The enzyme exhibited multiple activity bands on Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, which could be altered by treatment with carbamyl phosphate or UMP indicating that the enzyme was probably undergoing reversible association or dissociation in the presence of these effectors. The carbamyl phosphate stabilized enzyme did not exhibit positive homotropic interactions with carbamyl phosphate and hysteresis. The enzyme which had not been exposed to carbamyl phosphate showed a decrease in specific activity with a change in the concentration of both carbamyl phosphate and protein. The carbamyl phosphate saturation and UMP inhibition patterns were complex with a maximum and a plateau region. The partially purified enzyme also exhibited hysteresis and the hysteretic response, a function of protein concentration, was abolished by preincubation with carbamyl phosphate and enhanced by preincubation with UMP. All these observations are compatible with a postulation that the enzyme activity may be regulated by slow reversible association-dissociation dependent on the interaction with allosteric ligands


Aspartate transcarbamylase mung bean purification regulation hysteresis association-dissociation 

Abbreviations Used






guanidinium chloride

Buffer A

50 mM sodium acetate-acetic acid buffer, pH 4.7 containing 6 M GdmCl


molecular weight


Tris-(hydroxymethyl) aminomethane


sodium dodecyl sulphate




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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. V. Prasad
    • 1
  • N. Appaji Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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