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Substrate Specificity Combined with Stereopromiscuity in Glutathione Transferase A4-4-Dependent Metabolism of 4-Hydroxynonenal
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2010 (English)In: Biochemistry, ISSN 0006-2960, E-ISSN 1520-4995, Vol. 49, no 7, 1541-1548 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Conjugation to glutathione (GSH) by glutathione transferase A4-4 (GSTA4-4) is a major route of elimination for the lipid peroxidation product 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE), a toxic compound that contributes to numerous diseases. Both enantiomers of HNE are presumed to be toxic, and GSTA4-4 has negligible stereoselectivity toward them, despite its high catalytic chemospecificity for alkenals. In contrast to the highly flexible, and substrate promiscuous, GSTA1-1 isoform that has poor catalytic efficiency with HNE, GSTA4-4 has been postulated to be a rigid template that is preorganized for HNE metabolism. However, the combination of high substrate chemoselectivity and low substrate stereoselectivity is intriguing. The mechanism by which GSTA4-4 achieves this combination is important, because it must metabolize both enantiomers of HNE to efficiently detoxify the biologically formed mixture. The crystal structures of GSTA4-4 and ail engineered variant of GSTA1-1 with high catalytic efficiency toward HNE, cocrystallized with a GSH-HNE conjugate analogue, demonstrate that GSTA4-4 undergoes no enantiospecific induced fit; instead, the active site residue Arg15 is ideally located to interact with the 4-hydroxyl group of either HNE enantiomer. The results reveal an evolutionary strategy for achieving biologically useful stereopromiscuity toward a toxic racemate, concomitant with high catalytic efficiency and substrate specificity toward ail endogenously formed toxin.

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2010. Vol. 49, no 7, 1541-1548 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137869DOI: 10.1021/bi902038uISI: 000274530800021PubMedID: 20085333OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137869DiVA: diva2:378635
Available from: 2010-12-16 Created: 2010-12-16 Last updated: 2011-10-17Bibliographically approved

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