Crystal structure of the WlbA (WbpB) dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa in complex with NAD at 1.5 angstrom resolution

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.50 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.244 
  • R-Value Work: 0.201 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.204 

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Structural and Functional Studies of WlbA: A Dehydrogenase Involved in the Biosynthesis of 2,3-Diacetamido-2,3-dideoxy-d-mannuronic Acid .

Thoden, J.B.Holden, H.M.

(2010) Biochemistry 49: 7939-7948

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/bi101103s
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    3O9Z, 3OA0, 3OA2

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    2,3-Diacetamido-2,3-dideoxy-d-mannuronic acid (ManNAc3NAcA) is an unusual dideoxy sugar first identified nearly 30 years ago in the lipopolysaccharide of Pseudomonas aeruginosa O:3a,d. It has since been observed in other organisms, including Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough. Five enzymes are required for the biosynthesis of UDP-ManNAc3NAcA starting from UDP-N-acetyl-d-glucosamine. Here we describe a structural study of WlbA, the NAD-dependent dehydrogenase that catalyzes the second step in the pathway, namely, the oxidation of the C-3' hydroxyl group on the UDP-linked sugar to a keto moiety and the reduction of NAD(+) to NADH. This enzyme has been shown to use alpha-ketoglutarate as an oxidant to regenerate the oxidized dinucleotide. For this investigation, three different crystal structures were determined: the enzyme with bound NAD(H), the enzyme in a complex with NAD(H) and alpha-ketoglutarate, and the enzyme in a complex with NAD(H) and its substrate (UDP-N-acetyl-d-glucosaminuronic acid). The tetrameric enzyme assumes an unusual quaternary structure with the dinucleotides positioned quite closely to one another. Both alpha-ketoglutarate and the UDP-linked sugar bind in the WlbA active site with their carbon atoms (C-2 and C-3', respectively) abutting the re face of the cofactor. They are positioned approximately 3 A from the nicotinamide C-4. The UDP-linked sugar substrate adopts a highly unusual curved conformation when bound in the WlbA active site cleft. Lys 101 and His 185 most likely play key roles in catalysis.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
A, B, C, D
318Pseudomonas aeruginosaMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: wbpB
Find proteins for G3XD23 (Pseudomonas aeruginosa (strain ATCC 15692 / DSM 22644 / CIP 104116 / JCM 14847 / LMG 12228 / 1C / PRS 101 / PAO1))
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Go to UniProtKB:  G3XD23
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UniProt GroupG3XD23
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  • Reference Sequence
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.50 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.244 
  • R-Value Work: 0.201 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.204 
  • Space Group: P 21 21 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 73.215α = 90
b = 129.562β = 90
c = 145.237γ = 90
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HKL-3000data collection
HKL-3000data reduction
HKL-3000data scaling

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  • Version 1.0: 2010-08-18
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2023-09-06
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Refinement description