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Involvement of Gln937 of streptococcus downei GTF-I glucansucrase in transition-state stabilization

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vincent Monchois, Emeritus Professor Roy Russell


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Multiple alignment of deduced amino-acid sequences of glucansucrases (glucosyltransferases and dextransucrases) from oral streptococci and Leuconostoc mesenteroides has shown them to share a well-conserved catalytic domain. A portion of this domain displays homology to members of the α- amylase family (glycoside hydrolase family 13), which all have a (β/α)8 barrel structure. In the glucansucrases, however, the α-helix and β-strand elements are circularly permuted with respect to the order in family 13. Previous work has shown that amino-acid residues contributing to the active site of glucansucrases are situated in structural elements that align with those of family 13. In α-amylase and cyclodextrin glucanotransferase, a histidine residue has been identified that acts to stabilize the transition state, and a histidine is conserved at the corresponding position in all other members of family 13. In all the glucansucrases, however, the aligned position is occupied by glutamine. Mutants of glucosyltransferase I were constructed in which this glutamine, Gln937, was changed to histidine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, asparagine or alanine. The effects on specific activity, ability to form glucan and ability to transfer glucose to a maltose acceptor were examined. Only histidine could substitute for glutamine and maintain Michaelis-Menten kinetics, albeit at a greatly reduced k(cat), showing that Gln937 plays a functionally equivalent role to the histidine in family 13. This provides additional evidence in support of the proposed alignment of the (β/α)8 barrel structures. Mutation at position 937 altered the acceptor reaction with maltose, and resulted in the synthesis of novel gluco-oligosaccharides in which α1,3-linked glucosyl units are joined sequentially to maltose.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Monchois V; Russell RRB; Vignon M; Escalier P-C; Svensson B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Biochemistry

Year: 2000

Volume: 267

Issue: 13

Pages: 4127-4136

ISSN (print): 0014-2956

ISSN (electronic): 1432-1033

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1046/j.1432-1327.2000.01448.x

PubMed id: 10866815


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