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Differences in the catalytic efficiencies of allelic variants of glutathione transferase P1-1 towards carcinogenic diol epoxides of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry.
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1998 (English)In: Carcinogenesis, ISSN 0143-3334, E-ISSN 1460-2180, Vol. 19, no 3, 433-436 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies have identified allelic variants of the human glutathione transferase (GST) Pi gene and showed that the two different encoded proteins with isoleucine (GSTP1-1/I-105) or valine (GSTP1-1/V-105) at position 105, respectively, differ significantly in their catalytic activities with model substrates. Moreover, recent epidemiological studies have demonstrated that individuals differing in the expression of these allelic variants also differ in susceptibility to tumour formation in certain organs, including such in which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) may be etiological factors. In the present study the catalytic efficiencies (kcat/Km) of these GSTP1-1 variants were determined with a number of stereoisomeric bay-region diol epoxides, known as the ultimate mutagenic and carcinogenic metabolites of PAH, including those from chrysene, benzo[a]pyrene and dibenz[a,h]anthracene. In addition, GSTP1-1 mutants in which amino residue 105 is alanine (GSTP1-1/A-105) or tryptophan (GSTP1-1/W-105) have been constructed and characterized. GSTP1-1/V-105 was found to be more active than GSTP1-1/I-105 in conjugation reactions with the bulky diol epoxides of PAH, being up to 3-fold as active towards the anti- and syn-diol epoxide enantiomers with R-absolute configuration at the benzylic oxiranyl carbon. Comparing the four enzyme variants, GSTP1-1/A-105 generally demonstrated the highest kcat/Km value and GSTP1-1/W-105 the lowest with the anti-diol epoxides. A close correlation was observed between the volume occupied by the amino acid residue at position 105 and the value of kcat/Km. With the syn-diol epoxides, such a correlation was observed with alanine, valine and isoleucine, whereas tryptophan was associated with increased kcat/Km values. The mutational replacement of isoleucine with alanine or tryptophan at position 105 did not alter the enantio selectivity of the GSTP1-1 variants compared with the naturally occurring allelic variants GSTP1-1/I-105 and GSTP1-1/V-105. Since the amino acid at position 105 forms part of the substrate binding site (H-site) the effect of increasing bulkiness is expected to cause restricted access of the diol epoxide and proper alignment of the two reactants for efficient glutathionylation. In conclusion, the present study indicates that individuals who are homozygous for the allele GSTP1* B (coding for GSTP1-1/V-105) display a higher susceptibility to malignancy because of other factors than a decreased catalytic efficiency of GSTP1-1/V-105 in the detoxication of carcinogenic diol epoxides of benzo[a]pyrene or structurally related PAH.

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1998. Vol. 19, no 3, 433-436 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-89715PubMedID: 9525277OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-89715DiVA: diva2:161423
Available from: 2002-03-27 Created: 2002-03-27 Last updated: 2013-05-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Exploring the Functional Plasticity of Human Glutathione Transferases: Allelic Variants, Novel Isoenzyme and Enzyme Redesign
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the Functional Plasticity of Human Glutathione Transferases: Allelic Variants, Novel Isoenzyme and Enzyme Redesign
2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Glutathione transferases (GSTs) make up a superfamily that is involved in the cellular defense against various reactive compounds by catalyzing the conjugation of glutathione to electrophilic centra. Members of this family have also been implicated in different facets of biological signaling.

The gene encoding human GST P1-1 is polymorphic, resulting in variant amino acid residues in positions 105 and 114. The role of the polymorphism in the active-site residue 105 on enzyme stability and activity with various substrates was investigated. A valine instead of an isoleucine in position 105 decreased the thermal stability of the enzyme. The effect on enzyme activity was dependent on the substrate and reaction studied. With some substrates tested, such as carcinogenic diolepoxides derived from polyaromatic hydrocarbons, GST P1-1/Val105 displayed the highest catalytic efficiency. In contrast, with 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene, the GST P1-1/Ile105 showed higher activity. Residue 105 was mutated to alanine and tryptophan to investigate the role of size and hydrophobicity of residue 105 on enzyme properties. Generally, a smaller amino acid in position 105 gave increased activity with large substrates. Clearly, residue 105 of GST P1-1 helps to determine the substrate selectivity of the enzyme. In addition, more voluminous amino acids in position 105 increase the thermal stability of the enzyme.

GST P1-1 is believed to contribute to the development of drug resistance in cancer cells. The affinity of GST P1-1 for TER 117, designed to inhibit GST P1-1 in tumors, was not affected by the variability in position 105. TER 117 was found to be a potent inhibitor of glyoxalase I as well.

The cDNA encoding GST A3-3 was isolated from a placental cDNA library. GST A3-3 was heterologously expressed, purified and found to catalyze efficiently the double-bond isomerization of Δ5-androstene-3,17-dione and Δ5-pregnene-3,20-dione, reactions taking place in the biosynthesis of the steroid hormones testosterone and progesterone, respectively. GST A3-3 was found to be selectively expressed in steroidogenic tissues, suggesting that this enzyme is involved in the production of steroid hormones. The presence of both the hydroxyl group of the active-site tyrosine 9 and the thiolate form of glutathione, acting as a cofactor, is important for high double-bond isomerase activity. A leucine in position 111 appears to have a major role in productive binding of the steroid substrate but also residues F10 and A216 are determinants for the high isomerase activity.

GST A2-2 is a poor catalyst of the steroid double-bond isomerization of Δ5-androstene-3,17-dione as compared to GST A3-3, despite 88% sequence identity. GST A2-2 was redesigned to a highly efficient double-bond isomerase by mutating five active-site residues to the corresponding residues of GST A3-3. This demonstrates the functional plasticity of GSTs and the power of a rational approach to redesign of these enzymes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2002. 56 p.
Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1104-232X ; 695
Biochemistry, Biokemi
National Category
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-1858 (URN)91-554-5270-1 (ISBN)
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2002-04-19, B42, Biomedical Center, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2002-03-27 Created: 2002-03-27Bibliographically approved

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