2015 Volume 31 Issue 10 Pages 955-960
The present study demonstrates cation-driven optical properties of artificial luciferases (ALucs) from copepod luciferases, as an optical readout for bioanalysis. An assignment of the supersecondary structure code (SSC) of ALucs revealed that ALucs carry a helix-loop-helix structure, which appears at the same sites of the EF-hands of typical Ca2+-binding proteins. A mutagenesis study shows that the EF-hand-like structure is a pivotal site for enzymatic activity. The effects of 20 kinds of mono- and multivalent cations on ALuc activities were estimated with column-purified ALuc16. High pH values boost the ALuc activities with both the native coelenterazine and an analog called 6-pi-OH-CTZ. Multivalent cations, Ca(II), Mg(II), and Cr(VI), elevate and prolong the ALuc activities, whereas Co(II), Cu(II) and Pb(II) greatly hamper the ALuc activities. Ca(II) greatly prolongs the optical intensities, suggesting a contribution to the structural robustness of ALucs. The inhibitory effect of multivalent cations on the ALuc activities was utilized for creating dose-response curves. The intrinsic cation-driven selectivity and optical intensity of ALucs enable researchers to constitute de novo biosensors for multivalent cations.