Mechanistic insights into dimethylsulfoniopropionate lyase DddY, a new member of the cupin superfamily

Li, Chun-Yang, Zhang, Dian, Chen, Xiu-Lan, Wang, Peng, Shi, Wei-Ling, Li, Ping-Yi, Zhang, Xi-Ying, Qin, Qi-Long, Todd, Jonathan D. and Zhang, Yu-Zhong (2017) Mechanistic insights into dimethylsulfoniopropionate lyase DddY, a new member of the cupin superfamily. Journal of Molecular Biology, 429 (24). pp. 3850-3862. ISSN 0022-2836

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The marine osmolyte dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is one of Earth's most abundant organosulfur molecules. Bacterial DMSP lyases cleave DMSP, producing acrylate and dimethyl sulfide (DMS), a climate-active gas with roles in global sulfur cycling and atmospheric chemistry. DddY is the only known periplasmic DMSP lyase and is present in β-, γ-, δ- and ε-proteobacteria. Unlike other known DMSP lyases, DddY has not been classified into a protein superfamily, and its structure and catalytic mechanism are unknown. Here, we determined the crystal structure of DddY from the γ-proteobacterium Acinetobacter bereziniae originally isolated from human clinical specimens. This structure revealed that DddY contains a cap domain and a catalytic domain with a Zn2 + bound at its active site. We also observed that the DddY catalytic domain adopts a typical β-barrel fold and contains two conserved cupin motifs. Therefore, we concluded that DddY should belong to the cupin superfamily. Using structural and mutational analyses, we identified key residues involved in Zn2 + coordination, DMSP binding and the catalysis of DMSP cleavage, enabling elucidation of the catalytic mechanism, in which the residue Tyr271 of DddY acts as a general base to attack DMSP. Moreover, sequence analysis suggested that this proposed mechanism is common to DddY proteins from β-, γ-, δ- and ε-proteobacteria. The DddY structure and proposed catalytic mechanism provide a better understanding of how DMSP is catabolized to generate the important climate-active gas DMS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dmsp,catalytic mechanism,cupin superfamily,dms generation,dmsp lyase dddy ,sdg 13 - climate action,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Molecular Microbiology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 06:08
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 10:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2017.10.022


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