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Structural Basis for Featuring of Steroid Isomerase Activity in Alpha Class Glutathione Transferases
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Molecular Biology, ISSN 0022-2836, E-ISSN 1089-8638, Vol. 397, no 1, 332-340 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Glutathione transferases (GSTs) are abundant enzymes catalyzing the conjugation of hydrophobic toxic substrates with glutathione. In addition to detoxication, human GST A3-3 displays prominent steroid double-bond isomerase activity; e.g. transforming Delta(5)-androstene-3-17-dione into Delta(4)-androstene-3-17-dione (AD). This chemical transformation is a crucial step in the biosynthesis of steroids, such as testosterone and progesterone. In contrast to GST A3-3, the homologous GST A2-2 does not show significant steroid isomerase activity. We have solved the 3D structures of human GSTs A2-2 and A3-3 in complex with AD. In the GST A3-3 crystal structure, AD was bound in an orientation suitable for the glutathione (GSH)-mediated catalysis to occur. In GST A2-2, however, AD was bound in a completely different orientation with its reactive double bond distant from the GSH-binding site. The structures illustrate how a few amino acid substitutions in the active site spectacularly alter the binding mode of the steroid substrate in relation to the conserved catalytic groups and an essentially fixed polypeptide chain conformation. Furthermore, AD did not bind to the GST A2-2-GSH complex. Altogether, these results provide a first-time structural insight into the steroid isomerase activity of any GST and explain the 5000-fold difference in catalytic efficiency between GSTs A2-2 and A3-3. More generally, the structures illustrate how dramatic diversification of functional properties can arise via minimal structural alterations. We suggest a novel structure-based mechanism of the steroid isomerizabon reaction.

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2010. Vol. 397, no 1, 332-340 p.
Keyword [en]
enzyme evolution, androstene-3, 17-dione, enzyme redesign, steroid isomerase, glutathione transferase
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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136800DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2010.01.023ISI: 000275785600023PubMedID: 20083122OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136800DiVA: diva2:377507
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-14 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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