The structural basis for the catalytic specificity of manganese lipoxygenases 3D structure analysis of the lipoxygenase of Magnaporthe oryzae
Sammanfattning: Lipoxygenases (LOX) catalyze regio- and stereospecific oxygenation of polyunsaturated fatty acids to hydroperoxides. These hydroperoxides are further metabolized to leukotrienes and lipoxins in mammals, and are involved in asthma and inflammation. LOX of animals and plants contain iron as catalytic metal (FeLOX). Filamentous fungi use both FeLOX, and manganese containing LOX (MnLOX). The role of LOX in fungi is still not known. This thesis focuses on expression of novel MnLOX, analyses of their reaction mechanism and products by HPLC-MS/MS, protein crystallization and analysis of the first MnLOX structure. MnLOX from G. graminis, M. salvinii, M. oryzae, F. oxysporum and C. gloeosporioides were expressed in Pichia pastoris, purified and characterized by HPLC-MS/MS. All MnLOX catalyzes suprafacial hydrogen abstraction and oxygen insertion. Replacement of one Ile to Phe in the active site of MnLOX of G. graminis could switch the mechanism from suprafacial to mainly antarafacial. MnLOX of F. oxysporum was interesting since it catalyzes oxygenation of linoleic acid to 11R- instead of the more common 11S-hydroperoxides. This feature could be attributed to a single Ser/Phe exchange in the active site. We found that Gg-MnLOX utilizes hydrogen tunneling in the reaction mechanism, but was slightly more temperature dependent than soybean FeLOX. It is an intriguing question why some fungal LOX use manganese and not iron as catalytic metal and whether the large redox potential of Mn2+/Mn3+ (1.5 V) can be tuned close to that of Fe2+/Fe3+ (0.77 V) for redox cycling and catalysis.We present crystallization conditions for two MnLOX, and the 2.07 Å crystal structure of MnLOX from M. oryzae, solved using sulfur and manganese single anomalous dispersion (SAD). The structure reveals a similar metal coordinating sphere as FeLOX but the metal ligand Asn473 was positioned on a short loop instead of a helix and formed interactions with a conserved Gln. This feature could be essential for the use of manganese as catalytic metal in LOX. We found three Phe residues that likely facilitate the suprafacial hydrogen abstraction and oxygen insertion for MnLOX.These findings provide new insight into the unique reaction mechanism of MnLOX.
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