Catalysis of serine oligopeptidases is controlled by a gating filter mechanism

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Proteases have a variety of strategies for selecting substrates in order to prevent uncontrolled protein degradation. A recent crystal structure determination of prolyl oligopeptidase has suggested a way for substrate selection involving an unclosed seven-bladed β-propeller domain. We have engineered a disulfide bond between the first and seventh blades of the propeller, which resulted in the loss of enzymatic activity. These results provided direct evidence for a novel strategy of regulation in which oscillating propeller blades act as a gating filter during catalysis, letting small peptide substrates into the active site while excluding large proteins to prevent accidental proteolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-281
Number of pages5
JournalEMBO Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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