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Discovery of a linoleate 9S-dioxygenase and an allene oxide synthase in a fusion protein of Fusarium oxysporum
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Lipid Research, ISSN 0022-2275, E-ISSN 1539-7262, Vol. 54, no 12, 3417-3480 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fusarium oxysporum is a devastating plant pathogen that oxidizes C-18 fatty acids sequentially to jasmonates. The genome codes for putative dioxygenase (DOX)-cytochrome P450 (CYP) fusion proteins homologous to linoleate diol synthases (LDSs) and the allene oxide synthase (AOS) of Aspergillus terreus, e. g., FOXB_01332. Recombinant FOXB_01332 oxidized 18:2n-6 to 9S-hydroperoxy-10(E), 12(Z)-octadecadienoic acid by hydrogen abstraction and antarafacial insertion of molecular oxygen and sequentially to an allene oxide, 9S(10)-epoxy-10,12(Z)-octadecadienoic acid, as judged from nonenzymatic hydrolysis products (alpha- and gamma-ketols). The enzyme was therefore designated 9S-DOX-AOS. The 9S-DOX activity oxidized C-18 and C-20 fatty acids of the n-6 and n-3 series to hydroperoxides at the n-9 and n-7 positions, and the n-9 hydroperoxides could be sequentially transformed to allene oxides with only a few exceptions. The AOS activity was stereospecific for 9- and 11-hydroperoxides with S configurations. FOXB_01332 has acidic and alcoholic residues, Glu(946)-Val-Leu-Ser(949), at positions of crucial Asn and Gln residues (Asn-Xaa-Xaa-Gln) of the AOS and LDS. Site-directed mutagenesis studies revealed that FOXB_01332 and AOS of A. terreus differ in catalytically important residues suggesting that AOS of A. terreus and F. oxysporum belong to different subfamilies. FOXB_01332 is the first linoleate 9-DOX with homology to animal heme peroxidases and the first 9-DOX-AOS fusion protein.

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2013. Vol. 54, no 12, 3417-3480 p.
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Other Natural Sciences
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Pharmaceutical Biochemistry; Pharmaceutical Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206088DOI: 10.1194/jlr.M044347ISI: 000330534900023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206088DiVA: diva2:644007
Available from: 2013-08-29 Created: 2013-08-27 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Discovery of Novel Fatty Acid Dioxygenases and Cytochromes P450: Mechanisms of Oxylipin Biosynthesis in Pathogenic Fungi
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Discovery of Novel Fatty Acid Dioxygenases and Cytochromes P450: Mechanisms of Oxylipin Biosynthesis in Pathogenic Fungi
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Dioxygenase-cytochrome P450 (DOX-CYP) fusion enzymes are present in diverse human and plant pathogenic fungi. They oxygenate fatty acids to lipid mediators which have regula­tory functions in fungal development and toxin production. These enzymes catalyze the for­mation of fatty acid hy­droperoxides which are subsequently converted by the P450 activities or reduced to the corresponding alcohols. The N-terminal DOX domains show catalytic and structural homology to mammalian cyclooxygenases, which belong to the most thoroughly studied human enzymes.

7,8-Linoleate diol synthase (LDS) of the plant pathogenic fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis was the first characterized member of the DOX-CYP fusion enzyme family. It catalyzes the conversion of linoleic acid to 8R-hydroperoxylinoleic acid (HPODE) and subse­quently to 7S,8S-dihy­droxylinoleic acid by its DOX and P450 domains, respectively. By now, several enzymes with homology to 7,8-LDS have been identified in im­portant fungi, e.g., psi fac­tor-producing oxygenase (ppo)A, ppoB, and ppoC, of Aspergillus nidulans and A. fumigatus.

By cloning and recombinant expression, ppoA of A. fumigatus was identi­fied as 5,8-LDS. Partial expression of the 8R-DOX domains of 5,8-LDS of A. fumigatus and 7,8-LDS of G. graminis yielded active protein which demonstrates that the DOX activities of LDS are independent of their P450 domains. The latter domains were shown to contain a conserved motif with catalytically important amide residues. As judged by site-directed mutagene­sis studies, 5,8- and 7,8-LDS seem to facilitate heterolytic cleavage of the oxygen-oxygen bond of 8R-HPODE by aid of a glutamine and an asparagine residue, respectively.

Cloning and expression of putative DOX-CYP fusion proteins of A. terreus and Fusarium oxysporum led to the discovery of novel enzyme activities, e.g., linoleate 9S-DOX and two allene oxide synthases (AOS), specific for 9R- and 9S-HPODE, respectively. The fungal AOS are present in the P450 domains of two DOX-CYP fusion enzymes and show higher se­quence homology to LDS than to plant AOS and constitute therefore a novel class of AOS.

In summary, this thesis describes the discovery of novel fatty acid oxy­genases of human and plant pathogenic fungi and the characterization of their reaction mechanisms.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 67 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Pharmacy, ISSN 1651-6192 ; 176
Keyword
Fusion protein, Linoleate diol synthase, Allene oxide synthase, Cyclooxygenase, Oxygenase, HPLC, Mass spectrometry, Hydroperoxide isomerase, Aspergillus, Fusarium oxysporum
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Other Natural Sciences
Research subject
Pharmaceutical Biochemistry; Pharmaceutical Pharmacology; Pharmaceutical Science
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206199 (URN)978-91-554-8739-3 (ISBN)
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2013-10-18, B21, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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