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On the catalytic mechanism of dimeric dUTPases

DOI: 10.1042/BJ20130796 DOI Help
PMID: 24001052 PMID Help

Authors: Glyn Hemsworth (University of York) , Dolores González-pacanowska (Instituto de Parasitologıa y Biomedicina) , Keith Wilson (University of York)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Biochemical Journal

State: Published (Approved)
Published: September 2013

Abstract: The Tritryps Trypanosoma brucei, Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania donovani are responsible for great morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Their dimeric dUTPases are members of the all-α NTP pyrophosphohydrolase family and represent promising drug targets due to their essential nature and markedly different structural and biochemical properties compared with the trimeric human enzyme. In the present paper we describe the structure of the T. brucei enzyme in open and closed conformations. Furthermore, we probe the reaction mechanism through the binding of transition state mimics both in solution and in the crystal. 31P-NMR and tryptophan fluorescence quenching in the presence of AlF3 and MgF3− identified which phosphate is subject to nucleophilic attack by a water molecule. The structures in complex with two transition state analogues confirm that the nucleophilic attack occurs on the β-phosphate in contrast with the α-phosphate in the trimeric enzymes. These results establish the structural basis of catalysis of these important housekeeping enzymes and has ramifications for the wider all-α NTP pyrophosphohydrolase family.

Journal Keywords: Crystallography; X-Ray; Humans; Protein; Pyrophosphatases; Solutions; Substrate; Trypanosoma brucei brucei

Subject Areas: Medicine, Biology and Bio-materials


Instruments: I03-Macromolecular Crystallography , I04-1-Macromolecular Crystallography (fixed wavelength) , I24-Microfocus Macromolecular Crystallography

Other Facilities: European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (beamline ID-29)

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