Crystal structure of the cytoplasmic chorismate mutase from Zea mays

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.70 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.231 
  • R-Value Work: 0.184 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.187 

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A kiwellin disarms the metabolic activity of a secreted fungal virulence factor.

Han, X.Altegoer, F.Steinchen, W.Binnebesel, L.Schuhmacher, J.Glatter, T.Giammarinaro, P.I.Djamei, A.Rensing, S.A.Reissmann, S.Kahmann, R.Bange, G.

(2019) Nature 565: 650-653

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0857-9
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    6FPF, 6FPG, 6H3P, 6HJW

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Fungi-induced plant diseases affect global food security and plant ecology. The biotrophic fungus Ustilago maydis causes smut disease in maize (Zea mays) plants by secreting numerous virulence effectors that reprogram plant metabolism and immune responses 1,2 . The secreted fungal chorismate mutase Cmu1 presumably affects biosynthesis of the plant immune signal salicylic acid by channelling chorismate into the phenylpropanoid pathway 3 . Here we show that one of the 20 maize-encoded kiwellins (ZmKWL1) specifically blocks the catalytic activity of Cmu1. ZmKWL1 hinders substrate access to the active site of Cmu1 through intimate interactions involving structural features that are specific to fungal Cmu1 orthologues. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that plant kiwellins have a versatile scaffold that can specifically counteract pathogen effectors such as Cmu1. We reveal the biological activity of a member of the kiwellin family, a widely conserved group of proteins that have previously been recognized only as important human allergens.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Philipps-University Marburg, Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) and Department of Chemistry, Marburg, Germany.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Chorismate mutase
A, B
253Zea maysMutation(s): 0 
Find proteins for B4FUP5 (Zea mays)
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Go to UniProtKB:  B4FUP5
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UniProt GroupB4FUP5
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.70 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.231 
  • R-Value Work: 0.184 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.187 
  • Space Group: P 32 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 162.598α = 90
b = 162.598β = 90
c = 55.382γ = 120
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
XDSdata reduction
XSCALEdata scaling

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2019-01-16
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2019-01-30
    Changes: Data collection, Database references
  • Version 1.2: 2019-02-13
    Changes: Data collection, Database references
  • Version 1.3: 2024-01-17
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Refinement description