3LG0

Structure of Plasmodium falciparum ornithine delta-aminotransferase


Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.3 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.250 
  • R-Value Work: 0.203 

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Literature

Redox regulation of Plasmodium falciparum ornithine delta-aminotransferase.

Jortzik, E.Fritz-Wolf, K.Sturm, N.Hipp, M.Rahlfs, S.Becker, K.

(2010) J.Mol.Biol. 402: 445-459

  • DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2010.07.039
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  

  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • Ornithine δ-aminotransferase (OAT) of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum catalyzes the reversible conversion of ornithine into glutamate-5-semialdehyde and glutamate and is-in contrast to its human counterpart-activated by thioredoxin (Trx) b ...

    Ornithine δ-aminotransferase (OAT) of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum catalyzes the reversible conversion of ornithine into glutamate-5-semialdehyde and glutamate and is-in contrast to its human counterpart-activated by thioredoxin (Trx) by a factor of 10. Trx, glutaredoxin, and plasmoredoxin are redox-active proteins that play a crucial role in the maintenance and control of redox reactions, and were shown to interact with P. falciparum OAT. OAT, which is involved in ornithine homeostasis and proline biosynthesis, is essential for mitotic cell division in rapidly growing cells, thus representing a potential target for chemotherapeutic intervention. Here we report the three-dimensional crystal structure of P. falciparum OAT at 2.3 Å resolution. The overall structure is very similar to that of the human OAT. However, in plasmodial OAT, the loop involved in substrate binding contains two cysteine residues, which are lacking in human OAT. Site-directed mutagenesis of these cysteines and functional analysis demonstrated that Cys154 and Cys163 mediate the interaction with Trx. Interestingly, the Cys154→Ser mutant has a strongly reduced specific activity, most likely due to impaired binding of ornithine. Cys154 and Cys163 are highly conserved in Plasmodium but do not exist in other organisms, suggesting that redox regulation of OAT by Trx is specific for malaria parasites. Plasmodium might require a tight Trx-mediated control of OAT activity for coordinating ornithine homeostasis, polyamine synthesis, proline synthesis, and mitotic cell division.


    Organizational Affiliation

    Interdisciplinary Research Center, Justus-Liebig-University, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32, D-35392 Giessen, Germany.




Macromolecules

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetails
Ornithine aminotransferase
A, B, C, D
422Plasmodium falciparum (isolate CDC / Honduras)Mutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: OAT
EC: 2.6.1.13
Find proteins for Q07805 (Plasmodium falciparum (isolate CDC / Honduras))
Go to Gene View: OAT
Go to UniProtKB:  Q07805
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.3 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.250 
  • R-Value Work: 0.203 
  • Space Group: P 1 21 1
Unit Cell:
Length (Å)Angle (°)
a = 50.530α = 90.00
b = 106.930β = 91.28
c = 147.140γ = 90.00
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
XDSdata scaling
MOSFLMdata reduction
PHENIXrefinement
PHENIXphasing
XDSdata reduction
PHENIXmodel building

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History 

  • Version 1.0: 2010-08-04
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-07-13
    Type: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2014-04-16
    Type: Other