Structure-function analyses reveal that a glucuronoyl esterase from Teredinibacter turnerae interacts with carbohydrates and aromatic compounds
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

Glucuronoyl esterases (GEs) catalyze the cleavage of ester linkages found between lignin and glucuronic acid moieties on glucuronoxylan in plant biomass. As such, GEs represent promising biochemical tools in industrial processing of these recalcitrant resources. However, details on how GEs interact with their natural substrates are sparse, calling for thorough structurefunction studies. Presented here is the structure and biochemical characterization of a GE, TtCE15A, from the bacterium Teredinibacter turnerae, a symbiont of wood-boring shipworms. To gain deeper insight into enzyme-substrate interactions, inhibition studies were performed with both the WT TtCE15A and variants in which we, by using site-directed mutagenesis, substituted residues suggested to have key roles in binding to or interacting with the aromatic and carbohydrate structures of its uronic acid ester substrates. Our results support the hypothesis that two aromatic residues (Phe-174 and Trp- 376), conserved in bacterial GEs, interact with aromatic and carbohydrate structures of these substrates in the enzyme active site, respectively. The solved crystal structure of TtCE15A revealed features previously not observed in either fungal or bacterial GEs, with a large inserted N-terminal region neighboring the active site and a differently positioned residue of the catalytic triad. The findings highlight key interactions between GEs and complex lignin-carbohydrate ester substrates and advance our understanding of the substrate specificities of these enzymes in biomass conversion.

Författare

Jenny Arnling Bååth

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

Scott Mazurkewich

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

J. C. N. Poulsen

Köpenhamns universitet

Lisbeth Olsson

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

Leila Lo Leggio

Köpenhamns universitet

Johan Larsbrink

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

Journal of Biological Chemistry

0021-9258 (ISSN) 1083-351X (eISSN)

Vol. 294 16 6635-6644

Struktur-funktionstudier av enzymer som klyver bindningar mellan lignin och kolhydrater

Novo Nordisk Fonden, 2018-01-01 -- 2020-12-31.

Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, 2017-10-01 -- 2018-03-31.

Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, 2016-12-01 -- 2017-05-31.

Ämneskategorier

Biokemi och molekylärbiologi

Strukturbiologi

Biokatalys och enzymteknik

DOI

10.1074/jbc.RA119.007831

PubMed

30814248

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2019-05-24