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1.  S46 Peptidases are the First Exopeptidases to be Members of Clan PA 
Scientific Reports  2014;4:4977.
The dipeptidyl aminopeptidase BII (DAP BII) belongs to a serine peptidase family, S46. The amino acid sequence of the catalytic unit of DAP BII exhibits significant similarity to those of clan PA endopeptidases, such as chymotrypsin. However, the molecular mechanism of the exopeptidase activity of family S46 peptidase is unknown. Here, we report crystal structures of DAP BII. DAP BII contains a peptidase domain including a typical double β-barrel fold and previously unreported α-helical domain. The structures of peptide complexes revealed that the α-helical domain covers the active-site cleft and the side chain of Asn330 in the domain forms hydrogen bonds with the N-terminus of the bound peptide. These observations indicate that the α-helical domain regulates the exopeptidase activity of DAP BII. Because S46 peptidases are not found in mammals, we expect that our study will be useful for the design of specific inhibitors of S46 peptidases from pathogens.
doi:10.1038/srep04977
PMCID: PMC4021333  PMID: 24827749
2.  Structure of the His269Arg mutant of the rat aldose reductase-like protein AKR1B14 complexed with NADPH 
The 1.87 Å resolution crystal structure of the His269Arg mutant of rat aldose reductase-like protein (AKR1B14) complexed with NADPH is described.
Rat aldose reductase-like protein (AKR1B14) is an orthologue of mouse vas deferens protein (AKR1B7) and plays roles in the detoxification of reactive aldehydes and synthesis of prostaglandin F2α. Here, the 1.87 Å resolution crystal structure of the His269Arg mutant of AKR1B14 complexed with NADPH is described and shows that the negatively charged 2′-phosphate group of the coenzyme forms an ionic interaction with the positively charged guanidinium group of Arg269 that is also observed in the human aldose reductase (AKR1B1) structure. Previous experiments on the site-directed mutagenesis of His269 to Arg, Phe and Met revealed fourfold, sevenfold and 127-fold increases in the K m for NADPH, respectively, which are in agreement with the present molecular-modelling and X-ray crystallographic studies. This is the first tertiary structure of a mutant form of this AKR1B7 orthologue to be reported in order to investigate the structure–function relationship of the nonconserved His269 and its role in coenzyme binding.
doi:10.1107/S1744309112008810
PMCID: PMC3325806  PMID: 22505406
AKR1B14; NADPH; aldose reductases
3.  Identification of the Catalytic Triad of Family S46 Exopeptidases, Closely Related to Clan PA Endopeptidases 
Scientific Reports  2014;4:4292.
The exopeptidases of family S46 are exceptional, as the closest homologs of these enzymes are the endopeptidases of clan PA. The three-dimensional structure of S46 enzymes is unknown and only one of the catalytic residues, the serine, has been identified. The catalytic histidine and aspartate residues are not experimentally identified. Here we present phylogenetic and experimental data that identify all residues of the catalytic triad of S46 peptidase, dipeptidyl aminopeptidase BII (DAP BII) from Pseudoxanthomonas mexicana WO24. Phylogenetic comparison with the protein and S46 peptidases, revealed His-86, Ser-657, and five aspartate residues as possible catalytic residues. Mutation studies identified the catalytic triad of DAP BII as His-86, Asp-224, and Ser-657, while secondary structure analysis predicted an extended alpha-helical domain in between Asp-224 and Ser-657. This domain is unique for family S46 exopeptidases and its absence from the endopeptidases of clan PA might be key to their different hydrolysis activities.
doi:10.1038/srep04292
PMCID: PMC3944710  PMID: 24598890
4.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of human autotaxin 
The α isoform of human autotaxin has been crystallized. Diffraction data were collected to 3.0 Å resolution using synchrotron radiation.
Autotaxin (ATX), which is also known as ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 2 (NPP2 or ENPP2) or phosphodiesterase Iα (PD-Iα), is an extracellular lysophospholipase D which generates lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) from lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). ATX stimulates tumour-cell migration, angiogenesis and metastasis and is an attractive target for cancer therapy. For crystallographic studies, the α isoform of human ATX was overproduced in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 3.0 Å resolution from a monoclinic crystal form belonging to space group C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 311.4, b = 147.9, c = 176.9 Å, β = 122.6°.
doi:10.1107/S174430911005311X
PMCID: PMC3080147  PMID: 21505238
autotaxin; lysophosphatidic acid; lysophospholipase D; ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 2
5.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of an exo-β-d-glucosaminidase from Trichoderma reesei  
An exo-β-d-glucosaminidase from T. reesei (Gls93) has been crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Diffraction data have been collected using synchrotron radiation.
Chitosan is degraded to glucosamine (GlcN) by chitosanase and exo-β-d-glucosaminidase (GlcNase). GlcNase from Trichoderma reesei (Gls93) is a 93 kDa extracellular protein composed of 892 amino acids. The enzyme liberates GlcN from the nonreducing end of the chitosan chain in an exo-type manner and belongs to glycoside hydrolase family 2. For crystallographic investigations, Gls93 was overexpressed in Pichia pastoris cells. The recombinant Gls93 had two molecular forms of ∼105 kDa (Gls93-F1) and ∼100 kDa (Gls93-F2), with the difference between them being caused by N-glycosylation. Both forms were crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Crystals of Gls93-F1 belonged to the orthorhombic space group P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 98.27, b = 98.42, c = 108.28 Å, and diffracted to 1.8 Å resolution. Crystals of Gls93-F2 belonged to the ortho­rhombic space group P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 67.84, b = 81.62, c = 183.14 Å, and diffracted to 2.4 Å resolution. Both crystal forms were suitable for X-ray structure analysis at high resolution.
doi:10.1107/S1744309110000606
PMCID: PMC2833044  PMID: 20208168
exo-β-d-glucosaminidases; exochitosanases; Gls93; Trichoderma reesei
6.  Crystallization of mouse S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine hydrolase 
Mouse S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine hydrolase has been crystallized in the presence of the reaction product adenosine. Diffraction data to 1.55 Å resolution were collected using synchrotron radiation.
S-Adenosyl-l-homocysteine hydrolase (SAHH; EC 3.3.1.1) catalyzes the reversible hydrolysis of S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine to adenosine and l-homo­cysteine. For crystallographic investigations, mouse SAHH (MmSAHH) was overexpressed in bacterial cells and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method in the presence of the reaction product adenosine. X-ray diffraction data to 1.55 Å resolution were collected from an orthorhombic crystal form belonging to space group I222 with unit-cell parameters a = 100.64, b = 104.44, c = 177.31 Å. Structural analysis by molecular replacement is in progress.
doi:10.1107/S1744309110000771
PMCID: PMC2833045  PMID: 20208169
S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine hydrolase; SAHH
7.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic study of 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-­phosphate reductoisomerase from Plasmodium falciparum  
1-Deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase from P. falciparum has been crystallized in the presence of NADPH. Diffraction data to 1.85 Å resolution have been collected using synchrotron radiation.
The nonmevalonate pathway of isoprenoid biosynthesis present in Plasmodium falciparum is known to be an effective target for antimalarial drugs. The second enzyme of the nonmevalonate pathway, 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR), catalyzes the transformation of 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP) to 2-C-methyl-d-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP). For crystallographic studies, DXR from the human malaria parasite P. falciparum (PfDXR) was overproduced in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method in the presence of NADPH. X-ray diffraction data to 1.85 Å resolution were collected from a monoclinic crystal form belonging to space group C2 with unit-cell parameters a = 168.89, b = 59.65, c = 86.58 Å, β = 117.8°. Structural analysis by molecular replacement is in progress.
doi:10.1107/S1744309110001739
PMCID: PMC2833050  PMID: 20208174
1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase; malaria; nonmevalonate pathway
8.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic study of phosphoglucose isomerase from Plasmodium falciparum  
Phosphoglucose isomerase from P. falciparum has been crystallized. Diffraction data to 1.8 Å resolution have been collected using synchrotron radiation.
Phosphoglucose isomerase (PGI) is a key enzyme in glycolysis and glycogenesis that catalyses the interconversion of glucose 6-phosphate (G6P) and fructose 6-­phosphate (F6P). For crystallographic studies, PGI from the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum (PfPGI) was overproduced in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. X-ray diffraction data to 1.5 Å resolution were collected from an orthorhombic crystal form belonging to space group P212121 with unit-cell parameters a = 103.3, b = 104.1, c = 114.6 Å. Structural analysis by molecular replacement is in progress.
doi:10.1107/S1744309110001740
PMCID: PMC2833051  PMID: 20208175
glucose 6-phosphate isomerase; malaria; phosphoglucose isomerase; phosphohexose isomerase
9.  Molecular basis of fosmidomycin's action on the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum 
Scientific Reports  2011;1:9.
The human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for the deaths of more than a million people each year. Fosmidomycin has been proven to be efficient in the treatment of P. falciparum malaria by inhibiting 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR), an enzyme of the non-mevalonate pathway, which is absent in humans. However, the structural details of DXR inhibition by fosmidomycin in P. falciparum are unknown. Here, we report the crystal structures of fosmidomycin-bound complete quaternary complexes of PfDXR. Our study revealed that (i) an intrinsic flexibility of the PfDXR molecule accounts for an induced-fit movement to accommodate the bound inhibitor in the active site and (ii) a cis arrangement of the oxygen atoms of the hydroxamate group of the bound inhibitor is essential for tight binding of the inhibitor to the active site metal. We expect the present structures to be useful guides for the design of more effective antimalarial compounds.
doi:10.1038/srep00009
PMCID: PMC3216497  PMID: 22355528
10.  Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of pig heart carbonyl reductase 
Pig heart carbonyl reductase has been crystallized in the presence of NADPH. Diffraction data have been collected using synchrotron radiation.
Pig heart carbonyl reductase (PHCR), which belongs to the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) family, has been crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Two crystal forms (I and II) have been obtained in the presence of NADPH. Form I crystals belong to the tetragonal space group P42, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 109.61, c = 94.31 Å, and diffract to 1.5 Å resolution. Form II crystals belong to the tetragonal space group P41212, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 120.10, c = 147.00 Å, and diffract to 2.2 Å resolution. Both crystal forms are suitable for X-ray structure analysis at high resolution.
doi:10.1107/S1744309106037535
PMCID: PMC2225176  PMID: 17012807
carbonyl reductase; retinal; retinol; SDR family
11.  Structural basis for recognition of cognate tRNA by tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase from three kingdoms 
Nucleic Acids Research  2007;35(13):4289-4300.
The specific aminoacylation of tRNA by tyrosyl-tRNA synthetases (TyrRSs) relies on the identity determinants in the cognate tRNATyrs. We have determined the crystal structure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae TyrRS (SceTyrRS) complexed with a Tyr-AMP analog and the native tRNATyr(GΨA). Structural information for TyrRS–tRNATyr complexes is now full-line for three kingdoms. Because the archaeal/eukaryotic TyrRSs–tRNATyrs pairs do not cross-react with their bacterial counterparts, the recognition modes of the identity determinants by the archaeal/eukaryotic TyrRSs were expected to be similar to each other but different from that by the bacterial TyrRSs. Interestingly, however, the tRNATyr recognition modes of SceTyrRS have both similarities and differences compared with those in the archaeal TyrRS: the recognition of the C1-G72 base pair by SceTyrRS is similar to that by the archaeal TyrRS, whereas the recognition of the A73 by SceTyrRS is different from that by the archaeal TyrRS but similar to that by the bacterial TyrRS. Thus, the lack of cross-reactivity between archaeal/eukaryotic and bacterial TyrRS-tRNATyr pairs most probably lies in the different sequence of the last base pair of the acceptor stem (C1-G72 vs G1-C72) of tRNATyr. On the other hand, the recognition mode of Tyr-AMP is conserved among the TyrRSs from the three kingdoms.
doi:10.1093/nar/gkm417
PMCID: PMC1934993  PMID: 17576676

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