Purification and properties of a 4-nitrophenylphosphatase from Aspergillus niger. Academic Article uri icon


  • A 4-nitrophenylphosphatase (EC was identified in extracts of Aspergillus niger. The production of this activity was decreased by growth on a phosphate-limiting medium and was greatest in a medium supplemented with corn steep liquor. The phosphatase activity was purified by hydrophobic, ion-exchange, and molecular sieve chromatography. The purified enzyme has a native size of approximately 80,000, polypeptide subunits with sizes of 37,000 upon denaturation, and a pI of 4.6. The activity was optimal at pH 8.0 and was stimulated by Mg2+ and to a lesser extent by Mn2+ but was inhibited by Zn2+ and Ca2+. The enzyme was highly specific for 4-nitrophenyl phosphate as substrate, having a Km of 0.77 mM and a turnover number of 108 s-1. The purified enzyme did not hydrolyze any of 22 sugar phosphates, mononucleotides, or other phosphocompounds tested. A small, but reproducible, amount of activity was measured using 5'-DNA phosphate as a substrate. Although some similarities exist to three previously characterized 4-nitrophenylphosphatases from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the enzyme from A. niger is distinctly different from at least two of these activities.

published proceedings

  • Arch Biochem Biophys

author list (cited authors)

  • Versaw, W. K., Bevins, M. A., & Markwell, J.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Versaw, WK||Bevins, MA||Markwell, J

publication date

  • May 1991