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Thermostable Mn-dependent catalases are promising enzymes in biotechnological applications. In the present study, a Mn-containing superoxide dismutase of the hyperthermophilic Thermus thermophilus HB27 had been purified and characterized by a two-stage ultrafiltration process after being expressed in E. coli. The enzyme was highly stable at 90°C and retained 57% activity after heat treatment at 100°C for 1h. The native form of the enzyme was determined as a homotetramer by analytical size exclusion chromatography and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The final purified enzyme had an isoelectric point of 6.2 and a high α-helical content of 70%, consistent with the theoretical values. This showed that the purified SOD folded with a reasonable secondary structure. © 2010 Springer.

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