A Papain-Like Enzyme at Work: Native and Acyl- Enzyme Intermediate Structures in Phytochelatin Synthesis.Vivares, D., Arnoux, P., Pignol, D.
(2005) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102: 18848
- PubMed: 16339904
- DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0505833102
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:
- PubMed Abstract:
- Characterization of Phytochelatin Synthase-Like Protein Encoded by Alr0975 from a Prokaryote, Nostoc Sp. Pcc 7120
Tsuji, N., Nishikori, S., Iwabe, O., Shiraki, K., Miyasaka, H., Takagi, M., Hirata, K., Miyamoto, K.
(2004) Biochem Biophys Res Commun 315: 751
- A Cyanobacterial Protein with Similarity to Phytochelatin Synthases Catalyzes the Conversion of Glutathione to Gamma-Glutamylcysteine and Lacks Phytochelatin Synthase Activity
Harada, E., Von Roepenack-Lahaye, E., Clemens, S.
(2004) Phytochemistry 65: 3179
Phytochelatin synthase (PCS) is a key enzyme for heavy-metal detoxification in plants. PCS catalyzes the production of glutathione (GSH)-derived peptides (called phytochelatins or PCs) that bind heavy-metal ions before vacuolar sequestration. The enz ...
Phytochelatin synthase (PCS) is a key enzyme for heavy-metal detoxification in plants. PCS catalyzes the production of glutathione (GSH)-derived peptides (called phytochelatins or PCs) that bind heavy-metal ions before vacuolar sequestration. The enzyme can also hydrolyze GSH and GS-conjugated xenobiotics. In the cyanobacterium Nostoc, the enzyme (NsPCS) contains only the catalytic domain of the eukaryotic synthase and can act as a GSH hydrolase and weakly as a peptide ligase. The crystal structure of NsPCS in its native form solved at a 2.0-A resolution shows that NsPCS is a dimer that belongs to the papain superfamily of cysteine proteases, with a conserved catalytic machinery. Moreover, the structure of the protein solved as a complex with GSH at a 1.4-A resolution reveals a gamma-glutamyl cysteine acyl-enzyme intermediate stabilized in a cavity of the protein adjacent to a second putative GSH binding site. GSH hydrolase and PCS activities of the enzyme are discussed in the light of both structures.
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