RmlC, a C3' and C5' carbohydrate epimerase, appears to operate via an intermediate with an unusual twist boat conformation

Dong, Changjiang, Major, Louise L, Srikannathasan, Velupillai, Errey, James C, Giraud, Marie-France, Lam, Joseph S, Graninger, Michael, Messner, Paul, McNeil, Michael R, Field, Robert A, Whitfield, Chris and Naismith, James H (2007) RmlC, a C3' and C5' carbohydrate epimerase, appears to operate via an intermediate with an unusual twist boat conformation. Journal of Molecular Biology, 365 (1). pp. 146-59. ISSN 0022-2836

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Abstract

The striking feature of carbohydrates is their constitutional, conformational and configurational diversity. Biology has harnessed this diversity and manipulates carbohydrate residues in a variety of ways, one of which is epimerization. RmlC catalyzes the epimerization of the C3' and C5' positions of dTDP-6-deoxy-D-xylo-4-hexulose, forming dTDP-6-deoxy-L-lyxo-4-hexulose. RmlC is the third enzyme of the rhamnose pathway, and represents a validated anti-bacterial drug target. Although several structures of the enzyme have been reported, the mechanism and the nature of the intermediates have remained obscure. Despite its relatively small size (22 kDa), RmlC catalyzes four stereospecific proton transfers and the substrate undergoes a major conformational change during the course of the transformation. Here we report the structure of RmlC from several organisms in complex with product and product mimics. We have probed site-directed mutants by assay and by deuterium exchange. The combination of structural and biochemical data has allowed us to assign key residues and identify the conformation of the carbohydrate during turnover. Clear knowledge of the chemical structure of RmlC reaction intermediates may offer new opportunities for rational drug design.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bacterial proteins,carbohydrate conformation,carbohydrate epimerases,crystallography, x-ray,models, molecular,nucleoside diphosphate sugars,pseudomonas aeruginosa,recombinant proteins,rhamnose,thymine nucleotides
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Science > School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 12:58
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 20:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/50988
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2006.09.063

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