Substrate specificity of Amadoriase I from Aspergillus fumigatus

Carmela Mennella, Rosa Cinzia Borrelli, Francesco Vinale, Michelina Ruocco, Vincenzo Fogliano*

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Generation of Amadori products is the major single modification by the Maillard reaction in vivo and a source of biologically active glycoxidation products leading to protein cross-linking in biological tissues. Amadoriase I from Aspergillus fumigatus cleaves Amadori products into deoxyglucosone, hydrogen peroxide, and the corresponding primary amine. It has been reported that Amadori products formed on free amino acids are a good substrate for amadoriase I, whereas the enzyme is unable to cleave Amadori products formed on whole proteins. This work aims to investigate the affinity of amadoriase I for oligopeptides and small proteins. Recombinant amadoriase I was expressed in E. coli and purified by Ni His-tag affinity chromatography. Di-, tri-, and tetrapeptides were derivatized with glucose, and the corresponding Amadori products were purified by TLC and HPLC. Glycated β-lactoglobulin was also used as a substrate. In both cases the formation of Amadori products was monitored by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The K m of amadoriase for glycated-L-lysine was 4.2 mM, which is in accordance with the literature. Km decreases with the length of peptide, being slightly reduced for dipeptides, and is around 10 mM for tri- and tetrapeptides. Glycated proteins are not substrates of the enzyme; but when amadoriase I was added during the glycation reaction, a significant reduction of Amadori product formation was observed on both peptides and proteins. Data confirm the hypothesis that steric hindrance is critical for amadoriase I activity, indicating that oligopeptides up to four amino acids in length are good substrates. Moreover, these data show that, at least in some experimental conditions, amadoriase I is able to reduce the formation of protein-bound Amadori product.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-844
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy Of Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Amadori products
  • Amadoriase I
  • Oligopeptides

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