Crystal Structure of DOPA decarboxylase

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.60 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.258 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.206 

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Structural insight into Parkinson's disease treatment from drug-inhibited DOPA decarboxylase.

Burkhard, P.Dominici, P.Borri-Voltattorni, C.Jansonius, J.N.Malashkevich, V.N.

(2001) Nat Struct Biol 8: 963-967

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/nsb1101-963
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    1JS3, 1JS6

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    DOPA decarboxylase (DDC) is responsible for the synthesis of the key neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin via decarboxylation of L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) and L-5-hydroxytryptophan, respectively. DDC has been implicated in a number of clinic disorders, including Parkinson's disease and hypertension. Peripheral inhibitors of DDC are currently used to treat these diseases. We present the crystal structures of ligand-free DDC and its complex with the anti-Parkinson drug carbiDOPA. The inhibitor is bound to the enzyme by forming a hydrazone linkage with the cofactor, and its catechol ring is deeply buried in the active site cleft. The structures provide the molecular basis for the development of new inhibitors of DDC with better pharmacological characteristics.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    M.E. Müller Institute for Structural Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 70, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland. Peter.Burkhard@unibas.ch

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
DOPA decarboxylase
A, B
486Sus scrofaMutation(s): 0 
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Go to UniProtKB:  P80041
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Sequence Clusters30% Identity50% Identity70% Identity90% Identity95% Identity100% Identity
UniProt GroupP80041
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.60 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.258 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.206 
  • Space Group: P 62
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 152.86α = 90
b = 152.86β = 90
c = 86.6γ = 120
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DMmodel building
DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling

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Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2001-10-26
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-04-27
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Non-polymer description, Version format compliance