Journal article

Analysis of the Mycoplasma bovis lactate dehydrogenase reveals typical enzymatic activity despite the presence of an atypical catalytic site motif

Yumiko Masukagami, Kelly Anne Tivendale, Glenn Francis Browning, Fiona Margaret Sansom



The lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) of Mycoplasma genitalium has been predicted to also act as a malate dehydrogenase (MDH), but there has been no experimental validation of this hypothesized dual function for any mollicute. Our analysis of the metabolite profile of Mycoplasma bovis using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) detected malate, suggesting that there may be MDH activity in M. bovis. To investigate whether the putative l-LDH enzyme of M. bovis has a dual function (MDH and LDH), we performed bioinformatic and functional biochemical analyses. Although the amino acid sequence and predicted structural analysis of M. bovisl-LDH r..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Y. M. was supported by a Melbourne International Research Scholarship. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.