OnpA, an unusual flavin-dependent monooxygenase containing a cytochrome b5 domain

Yi Xiao, Ting-Ting Liu, Hui Dai, Jun-Jie Zhang, Hong Liu, Huiru Tang, David J Leak, Ning-Yi Zhou

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ortho-Nitrophenol 2-monooxygenase (EC from Alcaligenes sp. strain NyZ215 catalyzes monooxygenation of ortho-nitrophenol to form catechol via ortho-benzoquinone. Sequence analysis of this onpA-encoded enzyme revealed that it contained a flavin-binding monooxygenase domain and a heme-binding cytochrome b(5) domain. OnpA was purified to homogeneity as a His-tagged protein and was considered a monomer, as determined by gel filtration. FAD and heme were identified by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and HPLC-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) as cofactors in this enzyme, and quantitative analysis indicated that 1 mol of the purified recombinant OnpA contained 0.66 mol of FAD and 0.20 mol of heme. However, the enzyme activity of OnpA was increased by 60% and 450% after addition of FAD and hemin, respectively, suggesting that the optimal stoichiometry was 1:1:1. In addition, site-directed mutagenesis experiments confirmed that two highly conserved histidines located in the cytochrome b(5) domain were associated with binding of the heme, and the cytochrome b(5) domain was involved in the OnpA activity. These results indicate that OnpA is an unusual FAD-dependent monooxygenase containing a fused cytochrome b(5) domain that is essential for its activity. Therefore, we here demonstrate a link between cytochrome b(5) and flavin-dependent monooxygenases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1342-1349
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number6
Early online date20 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


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