An unusual, His-dependent family I pyrophosphatase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
ABSTRACT Soluble inorganic pyrophosphatases (PPases) comprise two evolutionarily unrelated families (I and II). These two families have different specificities for metal cofactors, which is thought to be because of the fact that family II PPases have three active site histidines, whereas family I PPases have none. Here, we report the structural and functional characterization of a unique family I PPase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (mtPPase) that has two His residues (His21 and His86) in the active site. The 1.3-A three-dimensional structure of mtPPase shows that His86 directly interacts with bound sulfate, which mimics the product phosphate. Otherwise, mtPPase is structurally very similar to the well studied family I hexameric PPase from Escherichia coli, although mtPPase lacks the intersubunit metal binding site found in E. coli PPase. The cofactor specificity of mtPPase resembles that of E. coli PPase in that it has high activity in the presence of Mg2+, but it differs from the E. coli enzyme and family II PPases because it has much lower activity in the presence of Mn2+ or Zn2+. Replacements of His21 and His86 in mtPPase with the residues found in the corresponding positions of E. coli PPase had either no effect on the Mg2+- and Mn2+-supported reactions (H86K) or reduced Mg2+-supported activity (H21K). However, both replacements markedly increased the Zn2+-supported activity of mtPPase (up to 11-fold). In the double mutant, Zn2+ was a 2.5-fold better cofactor than Mg2+. These results show that the His residues in mtPPase are not essential for catalysis, although they determine cofactor specificity.
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ABSTRACT: PP(i) is a critical element of cellular metabolism as both an energy donor and as an allosteric regulator of several metabolic pathways. The apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii uses PP(i) in place of ATP as an energy donor in at least two reactions: the glycolytic PP(i)-dependent PFK (phosphofructokinase) and V-H(+)-PPase [vacuolar H(+)-translocating PPase (pyrophosphatase)]. In the present study, we report the cloning, expression and characterization of cytosolic TgPPase (T. gondii soluble PPase). Amino acid sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis indicates that the gene encodes a family I soluble PPase. Overexpression of the enzyme in extracellular tachyzoites led to a 6-fold decrease in the cytosolic concentration of PP(i) relative to wild-type strain RH tachyzoites. Unexpectedly, this subsequent reduction in PP(i) was associated with a higher glycolytic flux in the overexpressing mutants, as evidenced by higher rates of proton and lactate extrusion. In addition to elevated glycolytic flux, TgPPase-overexpressing tachyzoites also possessed higher ATP concentrations relative to wild-type RH parasites. These results implicate PP(i) as having a significant regulatory role in glycolysis and, potentially, other downstream processes that regulate growth and cell division.Biochemical Journal 08/2011; 440(2):229-40. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The 1.5 Å resolution crystal structure of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis soluble inorganic pyrophosphatase Rv3628 at pH 7.0 is reported. The M. tuberculosis and M. leprae genomes include genes for the only two family I inorganic pyrophosphatases known to contain two histidines in the active site. The role of these two residues in catalysis is not fully understood. Mutational and functional studies of the M. tuberculosis enzyme showed that His21 and His86 are not essential for pyrophosphate hydrolysis, but are responsible for a shift in the optimal pH for the reaction compared with the Escherichia coli enzyme. Comparison with the structure previously reported at pH 5.0 provides further insight into the role of the two histidines. Two potassium-binding sites are found as a result of the high potassium concentration in the mother liquor.Acta Crystallographica Section F Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications 08/2011; 67(Pt 8):866-70. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Inorganic pyrophosphatase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mt-PPase) is one of the possible targets for the rational design of anti-tuberculosis agents. In this paper, functional properties of this enzyme are characterized in the presence of the most effective activators--Mg2+ and Mn2+. Dissociation constants of Mt-PPase complexed with Mg2+ or Mn2+ are essentially similar to those of Escherichia coli PPase. Stability of a hexameric form of Mt-PPase has been characterized as a function of pH both for the metal-free enzyme and for Mg2+- or Mn2+-enzyme. Hexameric metal-free Mt-PPase has been shown to dissociate, forming monomers at pH below 4 or trimers at pH from 8 to 10. Mg2+ or Mn2+ shift the hexamer-trimer equilibrium found for the apo-Mt-PPase at pH 8-10 toward the hexameric form by stabilizing intertrimeric contacts. The pK(a) values have been determined for groups that control the observed hexamer-monomer (pK(a) 5.4), hexamer-trimer (pK(a) 7.5), and trimer-monomer (pK(a) 9.8) transitions. Our results demonstrate that due to the non-conservative amino acid residues His21 and His86 in the active site of Mt-PPase, substrate specificity of this enzyme, in contrast to other typical PPases, does not depend on the nature of the metal cofactor.Biochemistry (Moscow) 09/2008; 73(8):897-905. · 1.15 Impact Factor