Novel B-12-Dependent Acyl-CoA Mutases and Their Biotechnological Potential

Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan Medical School , Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0600, United States.
Biochemistry (Impact Factor: 3.02). 07/2012; 51(31):6039-46. DOI: 10.1021/bi300827v
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The recent spate of discoveries of novel acyl-CoA mutases has engendered a growing appreciation for the diversity of 5'-deoxyadenosylcobalamin-dependent rearrangement reactions. The prototype of the reaction catalyzed by these enzymes is the 1,2 interchange of a hydrogen atom with a thioester group leading to a change in the degree of carbon skeleton branching. These enzymes are predicted to share common architectural elements: a Rossman fold and a triose phosphate isomerase (TIM)-barrel domain for binding cofactor and substrate, respectively. Within this family, methylmalonyl-CoA mutase (MCM) is the best studied and is the only member found in organisms ranging from bacteria to man. MCM interconverts (2R)-methylmalonyl-CoA and succinyl-CoA. The more recently discovered family members include isobutyryl-CoA mutase (ICM), which interconverts isobutyryl-CoA and n-butyryl-CoA; ethylmalonyl-CoA mutase, which interconverts (2R)-ethylmalonyl-CoA and (2S)-methylsuccinyl-CoA; and 2-hydroxyisobutyryl-CoA mutase, which interconverts 2-hydroxyisobutyryl-CoA and (3S)-hydroxybutyryl-CoA. A variant in which the two subunits of ICM are fused to a G-protein chaperone, IcmF, has been described recently. In addition to its ICM activity, IcmF also catalyzes the interconversion of isovaleryl-CoA and pivalyl-CoA. This review focuses on the involvement of acyl-CoA mutases in central carbon and secondary bacterial metabolism and on their biotechnological potential for applications ranging from bioremediation to stereospecific synthesis of C2-C5 carboxylic acids and alcohols, and for production of potential commodity and specialty chemicals.

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