Crystal structure of apo-form Alr3699/HepE from Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.01 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.246 
  • R-Value Work: 0.194 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.197 

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Structural and enzymatic analyses of a glucosyltransferase Alr3699/HepE involved in Anabaena heterocyst envelop polysaccharide biosynthesis

Wang, X.P.Jiang, Y.L.Dai, Y.N.Cheng, W.Chen, Y.Zhou, C.Z.

(2016) Glycobiology 26: 520-531

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/glycob/cwv167
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    4XSO, 4XSP, 4XSR, 4XSU

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Formation of the heterocyst envelope polysaccharide (HEP) is a key process for cyanobacterial heterocyst differentiation. The maturation of HEP in Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120 is controlled by a gene cluster termed HEP island in addition to an operon alr3698-alr3699, which encodes two putative proteins termed Alr3698/HepD and Alr3699/HepE. Here we report the crystal structures of HepE in the apo-form and three complex forms that bind to UDP-glucose (UDPG), UDP&glucose, and UDP, respectively. The overall structure of HepE displays a typical GT-B fold of glycosyltransferases, comprising two separate β/α/β Rossmann-fold domains that form an inter-domain substrate-binding crevice. Structural analyses combined with enzymatic assays indicate that HepE is a glucosyltransferase using UDPG as a sugar donor. Further site-directed mutageneses enable us to assign the key residues that stabilize the sugar donor and putative acceptor. Based on the comparative structural analyses, we propose a putative catalytic cycle of HepE, which undergoes "open-closed-open" conformational changes upon binding to the substrates and release of products. These findings provide structural and catalytic insights into the first enzyme involved in the HEP biosynthesis pathway.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027, People's Republic of China.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Alr3699 proteinA [auth B],
B [auth A]
388Nostoc sp. PCC 7120 = FACHB-418Mutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: alr3699
Find proteins for Q8YQW3 (Nostoc sp. (strain PCC 7120 / SAG 25.82 / UTEX 2576))
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Go to UniProtKB:  Q8YQW3
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UniProt GroupQ8YQW3
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.01 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.246 
  • R-Value Work: 0.194 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.197 
  • Space Group: C 2 2 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 78.289α = 90
b = 133.469β = 90
c = 142.812γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
HKL-2000data scaling
HKL-2000data extraction

Structure Validation

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Entry History & Funding Information

Deposition Data

Funding OrganizationLocationGrant Number
National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaChina31370757

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2016-01-13
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2016-04-13
    Changes: Database references
  • Version 1.2: 2024-03-20
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations