Human sulfotransferases and their role in chemical metabolism.
ABSTRACT Sulfonation is an important reaction in the metabolism of numerous xenobiotics, drugs, and endogenous compounds. A supergene family of enzymes called sulfotransferases (SULTs) catalyze this reaction. In most cases, the addition of a sulfonate moiety to a compound increases its water solubility and decreases its biological activity. However, many of these enzymes are also capable of bioactivating procarcinogens to reactive electrophiles. In humans three SULT families, SULT1, SULT2, and SULT4, have been identified that contain at least thirteen distinct members. SULTs have a wide tissue distribution and act as a major detoxification enzyme system in adult and the developing human fetus. Nine crystal structures of human cytosolic SULTs have now been determined, and together with site-directed mutagenesis experiments and molecular modeling, we are now beginning to understand the factors that govern distinct but overlapping substrate specificities. These studies have also provided insight into the enzyme kinetics and inhibition characteristics of these enzymes. The regulation of human SULTs remains as one of the least explored areas of research in the field, though there have been some recent advances on the molecular transcription mechanism controlling the individual SULT promoters. Interindividual variation in sulfonation capacity may be important in determining an individual's response to xenobiotics, and recent studies have begun to suggest roles for SULT polymorphism in disease susceptibility. This review aims to provide a summary of our present understanding of the function of human cytosolic sulfotransferases.
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ABSTRACT: Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the blacklegged or deer tick, is the main vector of Lyme disease in the United States. Recent progress in transcriptome research has uncovered hundreds of different proteins expressed in the salivary glands of hard ticks, the majority of which have no known function, and include many novel protein families. We recently identified transcripts coding for two putative cytosolic sulfotransferases in these ticks which recognized phenolic monoamines as their substrates. In this current study, we characterize the genetic expression of these two cytosolic sulfotransferases throughout the tick life cycle as well as the enzymatic properties of the corresponding recombinant proteins. Interestingly, the resultant recombinant proteins showed sulfotransferase activity against both neurotransmitters dopamine and octopamine. The two sulfotransferase genes were coded as Ixosc SULT 1 & 2 and corresponding proteins were referred as Ixosc Sult 1 and 2. Using gene-specific primers, the sulfotransferase transcripts were detected throughout the blacklegged tick life cycle, including eggs, larvae, nymphs, adult salivary glands and adult midgut. Notably, the mRNA and protein levels were altered upon feeding during both the larval and nymphal life stages. Quantitative PCR results confirm that Ixosc SULT1 was statistically increased upon blood feeding while Ixosc SULT 2 was decreased. This altered expression led us to further characterize the function of these proteins in the Ixodid tick. The sulfotransferase genes were cloned and expressed in a bacterial expression system, and purified recombinant proteins Ixosc Sult 1(R) and 2(R) showed sulfotransferase activity against neurotransmitters dopamine and octopamine as well as the common sulfotransferase substrate p-nitrophenol. Thus, dopamine- or octopamine-sulfonation may be involved in altering the biological signal for salivary secretion in I. scapularis. Collectively, these results suggest that a function of Ixosc Sult 1 and Sult 2 in Ixodid tick salivary glands may include inactivation of the salivation signal via sulfonation of dopamine or octopamine.BMC Biochemistry 06/2011; 12:32. · 1.99 Impact Factor
Article: Structure-activity relationships for hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls as inhibitors of the sulfation of dehydroepiandrosterone catalyzed by human hydroxysteroid sulfotransferase SULT2A1.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent worldwide pollutants that are of concern due to their bioaccumulation and health effects. Metabolic oxidation of PCBs results in the formation of hydroxylated metabolites (OHPCBs). Among their biological effects, OHPCBs have been shown to alter the metabolism of endocrine hormones, including inhibition of mammalian cytosolic sulfotransferases (SULTs) that are responsible for the inactivation of thyroid hormones and phenolic steroids (i.e., hSULT1A1, hSULT1B1, and hSULT1E1). OHPCBs also interact with a human hydroxysteroid sulfotransferase that plays a role in the sulfation of endogenous alcohol-containing steroid hormones and bile acids (i.e., hSULT2A1). The objectives of our current study were to examine the effects of a series of OHPCB congeners on the activity of hSULT2A1 and to develop a three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) model for OHPCBs as inhibitors of the enzyme. A total of 15 OHPCBs were examined, and the sulfation of 1 μM [(3)H] dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) was utilized as a model reaction catalyzed by the enzyme. All 15 OHPCBs inhibited the sulfation of DHEA, with IC(50) values ranging from 0.6 μM to 96 μM, and eight of these OHPCBs were also substrates for the enzyme. Comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) provided a predictive 3D-QSAR model with a q(2) value of 0.697 and an r(2) value of 0.949. The OHPCBs that had the highest potency as inhibitors of DHEA sulfation were those with a 3, 5-dichloro-4-hydroxy substitution pattern on the biphenyl ring system, and these congeners were also substrates for sulfation catalyzed by hSULT2A1.Chemical Research in Toxicology 09/2011; 24(10):1720-8. · 3.78 Impact Factor
Article: The transition of human estrogen sulfotransferase from generalist to specialist using directed enzyme evolution.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Broad specificity is believed to be a property of primordial enzymes that diverged during natural protein evolution to produce highly specific and efficient enzymes. Human estrogen sulfotransferase (SULT1E1) is a broad-specificity enzyme that detoxifies a variety of chemicals, including estrogens, by the transfer of sulfate. To study the molecular basis for the broad specificity of this enzyme and to investigate the process of SULT1E1 specialization, we have adopted a directed enzyme evolution approach. Using two iterative rounds of evolution, we generated SULT1E1 mutants with increased thermostability and narrower specificity from the broadly specific wild-type enzyme. To identify mutants with enhanced specificity, we developed an unbiased screening assay to assess sulfate transfer to three different acceptors in parallel. Such an assay enabled the isolation of SULT1E1 mutants with enhanced or wild-type activity toward an estrogen acceptor and significantly reduced activity for phenol or coumarin type of acceptors, leading to up to 3 orders of magnitude increase in specificity. We found that mutations conferring novel specificity are located in the vicinity of the active site and thus may play a direct role in reshaping the acceptor-binding site. Finally, such mutations resulted in reduced SULT1E1 thermostability, revealing a trade-off between SULT1E1 thermostability and acquisition of novel function.Journal of Molecular Biology 12/2011; 416(1):21-32. · 4.00 Impact Factor