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The crystal structure of D-threonine aldolase from Alcaligenes xylosoxidans provides insight into a metal ion assisted PLP-dependent mechanism.

Uhl MK, Oberdorfer G, Steinkellner G, Riegler-Berket L, Mink D, van Assema F, Schürmann M, Gruber K - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: Our results underline the close relationship of DTAs and alanine racemases and allow the identification of a metal binding site close to the PLP-cofactor in the active site of the enzyme which is consistent with the previous observation that divalent cations are essential for DTA activity.The structure of AxDTA is completely different to available structures of LTAs.The enantio-complementarity of DTAs and LTAs can be explained by an approximate mirror symmetry of crucial active site residues relative to the PLP-cofactor.

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Affiliation: Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology, Petersgasse 14, 8010, Graz, Austria.

ABSTRACT
Threonine aldolases catalyze the pyridoxal phosphate (PLP) dependent cleavage of threonine into glycine and acetaldehyde and play a major role in the degradation of this amino acid. In nature, L- as well as D-specific enzymes have been identified, but the exact physiological function of D-threonine aldolases (DTAs) is still largely unknown. Both types of enantio-complementary enzymes have a considerable potential in biocatalysis for the stereospecific synthesis of various β-hydroxy amino acids, which are valuable building blocks for the production of pharmaceuticals. While several structures of L-threonine aldolases (LTAs) have already been determined, no structure of a DTA is available to date. Here, we report on the determination of the crystal structure of the DTA from Alcaligenes xylosoxidans (AxDTA) at 1.5 Å resolution. Our results underline the close relationship of DTAs and alanine racemases and allow the identification of a metal binding site close to the PLP-cofactor in the active site of the enzyme which is consistent with the previous observation that divalent cations are essential for DTA activity. Modeling of AxDTA substrate complexes provides a rationale for this metal dependence and indicates that binding of the β-hydroxy group of the substrate to the metal ion very likely activates this group and facilitates its deprotonation by His193. An equivalent involvement of a metal ion has been implicated in the mechanism of a serine dehydratase, which harbors a metal ion binding site in the vicinity of the PLP cofactor at the same position as in DTA. The structure of AxDTA is completely different to available structures of LTAs. The enantio-complementarity of DTAs and LTAs can be explained by an approximate mirror symmetry of crucial active site residues relative to the PLP-cofactor.

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Mentions: Based on the crystal structure and the modeling results we propose the following mechanism for the degradation of β-hydroxy amino acids catalyzed by AxDTA (Fig 5). As usual for PLP-dependent enzymes the reaction cycle starts with a transaldimination to form the external aldimine. Once the external aldimine is formed, deprotonation of the β-OH-group of the substrate is facilitated by its coordination to the manganese ion and, most likely, involves His193 as the base. Proton abstraction is mediated by a water molecule. In the next step the Cα-Cβ bond is cleaved yielding an aldehyde and the resonance stabilized, deprotonated aldimine of glycine and PLP. Reprotonation of this intermediate could either involve Lys59 or His193. In the latter case, however, reprotonation would very likely have to be water mediated. The reaction cycle is completed by another transaldimination reaction to reform the resting state of the enzyme with the internal aldimine linkage to Lys59.


The crystal structure of D-threonine aldolase from Alcaligenes xylosoxidans provides insight into a metal ion assisted PLP-dependent mechanism.

Uhl MK, Oberdorfer G, Steinkellner G, Riegler-Berket L, Mink D, van Assema F, Schürmann M, Gruber K - PLoS ONE (2015)

Proposed catalytic mechanism of AxDTA.
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pone.0124056.g005: Proposed catalytic mechanism of AxDTA.
Mentions: Based on the crystal structure and the modeling results we propose the following mechanism for the degradation of β-hydroxy amino acids catalyzed by AxDTA (Fig 5). As usual for PLP-dependent enzymes the reaction cycle starts with a transaldimination to form the external aldimine. Once the external aldimine is formed, deprotonation of the β-OH-group of the substrate is facilitated by its coordination to the manganese ion and, most likely, involves His193 as the base. Proton abstraction is mediated by a water molecule. In the next step the Cα-Cβ bond is cleaved yielding an aldehyde and the resonance stabilized, deprotonated aldimine of glycine and PLP. Reprotonation of this intermediate could either involve Lys59 or His193. In the latter case, however, reprotonation would very likely have to be water mediated. The reaction cycle is completed by another transaldimination reaction to reform the resting state of the enzyme with the internal aldimine linkage to Lys59.

Bottom Line: Our results underline the close relationship of DTAs and alanine racemases and allow the identification of a metal binding site close to the PLP-cofactor in the active site of the enzyme which is consistent with the previous observation that divalent cations are essential for DTA activity.The structure of AxDTA is completely different to available structures of LTAs.The enantio-complementarity of DTAs and LTAs can be explained by an approximate mirror symmetry of crucial active site residues relative to the PLP-cofactor.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology, Petersgasse 14, 8010, Graz, Austria.

ABSTRACT
Threonine aldolases catalyze the pyridoxal phosphate (PLP) dependent cleavage of threonine into glycine and acetaldehyde and play a major role in the degradation of this amino acid. In nature, L- as well as D-specific enzymes have been identified, but the exact physiological function of D-threonine aldolases (DTAs) is still largely unknown. Both types of enantio-complementary enzymes have a considerable potential in biocatalysis for the stereospecific synthesis of various β-hydroxy amino acids, which are valuable building blocks for the production of pharmaceuticals. While several structures of L-threonine aldolases (LTAs) have already been determined, no structure of a DTA is available to date. Here, we report on the determination of the crystal structure of the DTA from Alcaligenes xylosoxidans (AxDTA) at 1.5 Å resolution. Our results underline the close relationship of DTAs and alanine racemases and allow the identification of a metal binding site close to the PLP-cofactor in the active site of the enzyme which is consistent with the previous observation that divalent cations are essential for DTA activity. Modeling of AxDTA substrate complexes provides a rationale for this metal dependence and indicates that binding of the β-hydroxy group of the substrate to the metal ion very likely activates this group and facilitates its deprotonation by His193. An equivalent involvement of a metal ion has been implicated in the mechanism of a serine dehydratase, which harbors a metal ion binding site in the vicinity of the PLP cofactor at the same position as in DTA. The structure of AxDTA is completely different to available structures of LTAs. The enantio-complementarity of DTAs and LTAs can be explained by an approximate mirror symmetry of crucial active site residues relative to the PLP-cofactor.

No MeSH data available.


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