The cDNA for porcine mitochondrial NADP-specific isocitrate dehydrogenase was isolated from a λgt11 library using polymerase chain reaction. Translation of the DNA sequence gave a 413-residue amino acid sequence and a calculated molecular weight of 46600 for the mature polypeptide. Previously determined peptide sequences for the amino terminus and for internal tryptic peptides were all contained within the translated sequence. The porcine protein was found to share 63% residue identity with yeast mitochondrial NADP-specific isocitrate dehydrogenase and to be immunoreactive with an antiserum against the yeast protein. Highly conserved regions include residues which have been implicated in substrate and cofactor binding in previous studies of the porcine enzyme. The two eucaryotic enzymes exhibit only minimal homology with the NADP-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase from Escherichia coli, with the exception of a striking conservation of residues implicated in formation of the metal-isocitrate site of the procaryotic enzyme.
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