Glutamate 270 plays an essential role in K+-activation and domain closure of Thermus thermophilus isopropylmalate dehydrogenase

Éva Gráczer, Anna Palló, Julianna Oláh, Tamás Szimler, Petr V. Konarev, Dmitri I. Svergun, Angelo Merli, Péter Závodszky, Manfred S. Weiss, Mária Vas

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The mutant E270A of Thermus thermophilus 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase exhibits largely reduced (∼1%) catalytic activity and negligible activation by K+ compared to the wild-type enzyme. A 3-4 kcal/mol increase in the activation energy of the catalysed reaction upon this mutation could also be predicted by QM/MM calculations. In the X-ray structure of the E270A mutant a water molecule was observed to take the place of K+. SAXS and FRET experiments revealed the essential role of E270 in stabilisation of the active domain-closed conformation of the enzyme. In addition, E270 seems to position K+ into close proximity of the nicotinamide ring of NAD+ and the electron-withdrawing effect of K+ may help to polarise the aromatic ring in order to aid the hydride-transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - jan. 16 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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