Reevaluation of properties of acetyl-CoA carboxylase from rat liver.

C. S. Song, K. H. Kim

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Rat liver acetyl-CoA carboxylase can be rapidly isolated by a new procedure which uses avidin-Sepharose affinity chromatography. The isolated enzyme has Mr = 260,000; none or very little of the proteolytic products of the carboxylase which are formed in conventional purification procedures are found in our preparations. It is apparent that the previously reported subunit of the carboxylase, with Mr = 230,000, is itself the product of proteolysis. The properties of the enzyme produced by our new method are quite different from those of the conventionally prepared enzyme. Our enzyme contains 6 mol of alkali-labile phosphate/mol of subunit, rather than 2 mol; the Km for acetyl-CoA is about 8-fold higher and the specific activity is only about one-fifth of that previously reported. The large amount of phosphate does not appear to cause the low specific activity of the new enzyme preparation, because alkaline phosphatase treatment reduces the number of phosphates/subunit from 6 to 3 mol but does not change the specific activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7786-7788
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 10 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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