Crystal structure of Plasmodium falciparum lactate dehydrogenase mutant W107fA.

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.05 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.146 
  • R-Value Work: 0.130 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.130 

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An atomic-resolution view of neofunctionalization in the evolution of apicomplexan lactate dehydrogenases.

Boucher, J.I.Jacobowitz, J.R.Beckett, B.C.Classen, S.Theobald, D.L.

(2014) Elife 3: e02304-e02304

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.02304
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    4PLC, 4PLF, 4PLG, 4PLH, 4PLT, 4PLV, 4PLW, 4PLY, 4PLZ

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Malate and lactate dehydrogenases (MDH and LDH) are homologous, core metabolic enzymes that share a fold and catalytic mechanism yet possess strict specificity for their substrates. In the Apicomplexa, convergent evolution of an unusual LDH from MDH produced a difference in specificity exceeding 12 orders of magnitude. The mechanisms responsible for this extraordinary functional shift are currently unknown. Using ancestral protein resurrection, we find that specificity evolved in apicomplexan LDHs by classic neofunctionalization characterized by long-range epistasis, a promiscuous intermediate, and few gain-of-function mutations of large effect. In canonical MDHs and LDHs, a single residue in the active-site loop governs substrate specificity: Arg102 in MDHs and Gln102 in LDHs. During the evolution of the apicomplexan LDH, however, specificity switched via an insertion that shifted the position and identity of this 'specificity residue' to Trp107f. Residues far from the active site also determine specificity, as shown by the crystal structures of three ancestral proteins bracketing the key duplication event. This work provides an unprecedented atomic-resolution view of evolutionary trajectories creating a nascent enzymatic function.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Biochemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, United States.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
L-lactate dehydrogenase322Plasmodium falciparumMutation(s): 1 
Gene Names: LDH-PLDH
Find proteins for Q27743 (Plasmodium falciparum (isolate CDC / Honduras))
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Go to UniProtKB:  Q27743
Entity Groups  
Sequence Clusters30% Identity50% Identity70% Identity90% Identity95% Identity100% Identity
UniProt GroupQ27743
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Ligands 2 Unique
IDChains Name / Formula / InChI Key2D Diagram3D Interactions
Query on NAI

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C21 H29 N7 O14 P2
Query on OXM

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C2 H3 N O3
Binding Affinity Annotations 
IDSourceBinding Affinity
OXM BindingDB:  4PLZ IC50: min: 9.25e+4, max: 9.44e+4 (nM) from 2 assay(s)
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.05 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.146 
  • R-Value Work: 0.130 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.130 
  • Space Group: I 2 2 2
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 80.53α = 90
b = 86.01β = 90
c = 91.44γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
Blu-Icedata collection
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Entry History & Funding Information

Deposition Data

Funding OrganizationLocationGrant Number
National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS)United StatesR01GM096053
National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS)United StatesR01GM094468
National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS)United StatesR01GM105404

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2014-07-02
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2014-07-16
    Changes: Database references
  • Version 1.2: 2014-09-24
    Changes: Structure summary
  • Version 1.3: 2014-10-01
    Changes: Database references
  • Version 2.0: 2017-09-27
    Changes: Advisory, Author supporting evidence, Derived calculations, Non-polymer description, Other, Refinement description, Source and taxonomy, Structure summary
  • Version 2.1: 2019-12-25
    Changes: Author supporting evidence
  • Version 2.2: 2023-09-27
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Refinement description