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A Structural Dissection of the Active Site of the Lytic Transglycosylase MltE from Escherichia coli.

A new interesting article has been published in Biochemistry. 2018 Sep 26. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00800. and titled:

A Structural Dissection of the Active Site of the Lytic Transglycosylase MltE from Escherichia coli.

Authors of this article are:
Dik DA Batuecas MT Lee M Mahasenan KV Marous DR Lastochkin E Fisher JF Hermoso JA Mobashery S.

A summary of the article is shown below:
Lytic transglycosylases (LTs) are bacterial enzymes that catalyze the cleavage of the glycan strands of the bacterial cell wall. The mechanism of this cleavage is a remarkable intramolecular transacetalization reaction, accomplished by an ensemble of active-site residues. Because the LT reaction occurs in parallel with the cell wall bond-forming reactions catalyzed by the penicillin-binding proteins, simultaneous inhibition of both enzymes can be particularly bactericidal to Gram-negative bacteria. The MltE lytic transglycosylase is the smallest of the eight LTs encoded by the Escherichia coli genome. Prior crystallographic and computational studies identified four active-site residues-E64, S73, S75, and Y192-as playing roles in catalysis. Each of these four residues was individually altered by mutation to give four variant enzymes (E64Q, S73A, S75A, and Y192F). All four variants showed reduced catalytic activity [soluble wild type (100%) > soluble Y192F and S75A (both 40%) > S73A (4%) > E64Q (≤1%)]. The crystal structure of each variant protein was determined at the resolution of 2.12 Å for E64Q, 2.33 Å for Y192F, 1.38 Å for S73A, and 1.35 Å for S75A. These variants show alteration of the hydrogen-bond interactions of the active site. Within the framework of a prior computational study of the LT mechanism, we suggest the mechanistic role of these four active-site residues in MltE catalysis.

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