Gideon Grogan

CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, New York, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Flavin-containing monooxygenases (FMOs) catalyse asymmetric oxidation reactions that have potential for preparative organic synthesis, but most use the more expensive, phosphorylated nicotinamide cofactor NADPH to reduce FAD to FADH2 prior to formation of the (hydro)peroxy intermediate required for substrate oxygenation. A comparison of the structures of NADPH-dependent FMO from Methylophaga aminisulfidivorans (mFMO) and SMFMO from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, which is able to use both NADPH and NADH, suggested that the promiscuity of the latter enzyme may be due in part to the substitution of an Arg-Thr couple in the NADPH phosphate recognition site in mFMO, for a Gln-His couple in SMFMO (Jensen et al., 2012, Chembiochem, 13, 872-878). Natural variation within the phosphate binding region, and its influence on nicotinamide cofactor promiscuity, was explored through the cloning, expression, characterisation and structural studies of FMOs from Cellvibrio sp. BR (CFMO) and Pseudomonas stutzeri NF13 (PSFMO), which possess Thr-Ser and Gln-Glu in the putative phosphate recognition positions, respectively. CFMO and PSFMO displayed 5- and 1.5-fold greater activity, respectively, than SMFMO for the reduction of FAD with NADH, and were also cofactor promiscuous, displaying a ratio of activity with NADH:NADPH of 1.7:1 and 1:1.3, respectively. The structures of CFMO and PSFMO revealed the context of the phosphate binding loop in each case, and also clarified the structure of the mobile helix-loop-helix motif that appears to shield the FAD-binding pocket from bulk solvent in this class of FMOs, a feature that was absent from the structure of SMFMO.
    Journal of Molecular Catalysis B Enzymatic 09/2014; · 2.82 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Molecular Catalysis B Enzymatic 07/2014; · 2.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Phloretin hydrolase from Eubacterium ramulus (Phy) catalyzes the hydrolysis of the dihydrochalcone phloretin to phloroglucinol and phloretic acid, performing a formal retro- Friedel–Crafts acylation reaction on its substrate. Its closest sequence homolog, of 25 % amino acid sequence identity, is diacetyl phloroglucinol hydrolase (Phlg) from Pseudomonas fluorescens, which catalyses a similar, hydrolytic, de-acylation of its substrate. The structure of Phlg has been determined and a catalytic mechanism proposed (J Biol Chem 285:4603–4611, 2010). In order to compare the catalytic characteristics of Phy with Phlg, the gene encoding Phy was expressed and the enzyme purified and crystallised. An X-ray fluorescence scan identified zinc within the crystals. A homology model of Phy, based on the structure of Phlg (PDB code 3HWP), informed the construction of a point mutant library of the enzyme, targeting residues shared with Phlg that are thought to be involved in zinc binding and the recognition of acyl and phenol functionality on the aromatic ring of the substrates. Mutation of His123, His251, Glu154 and Glu255 (conserved zinc binding residues) resulted in variants that were either poorly expressed, or of much reduced activity; Mutation of Tyr115 and His203, thought to bind the phenol groups in the 1-and 3-positions of the phloroglucinol ring respectively, resulted in variants of 15-fold reduced activity and an inactive variant. These results are suggestive of conservation of some aspects of mechanism and substrate recognition between Phy and Phlg, and of the catalytic characteristics of Zn-dependent C–C hydrolases of this type in general.
    Topics in Catalysis 03/2014; 57(5). · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHs) are applied in industrial synthetic chemistry for the production of optically active secondary alcohols. However, the substrate spectrum of many ADHs is narrow, and few, for example, are suitable for the reduction of prochiral ketones in which the carbonyl group is bounded by two bulky and/or hydrophobic groups; so-called ‘bulky–bulky’ ketones. Recently two ADHs, RasADH from Ralstonia sp. DSM 6428, and SyADH from Sphingobium yanoikuyae DSM 6900, have been described, which are distinguished by their ability to accept bulky–bulky ketones as substrates. In order to examine the molecular basis of the recognition of these substrates the structures of the native and NADPH complex of RasADH, and the NADPH complex of SyADH have been determined and refined to resolutions of 1.5, 2.9 and 2.5 Å, respectively. The structures reveal hydrophobic active site tunnels near the surface of the enzymes that are well-suited to the recognition of large hydrophobic substrates, as determined by modelling of the bulky–bulky substrate n-pentyl phenyl ketone. The structures also reveal the bases for NADPH specificity and (S)-stereoselectivity in each of the biocatalysts for n-pentyl phenyl ketone and related substrates.
    Topics in Catalysis 03/2014; 57(5). · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The (S)-selective carbonyl reductase CPCR2 from Candida parapsilosis is a member of the medium-chain reductase family of enzymes and is a useful biocatalyst for the reduction of prochiral ketone substrates. The structure of CPCR2 was determined in complex with the cofactor NADH [NADH=reduced form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)] to a resolution of 2.05 Å. Two dimers formed a tetramer in the asymmetric unit, but solution studies confirmed that a dimer was the predominant species in solution. In the monomer, the NADH cofactor is bound at the interface between the nucleotide binding domain and the catalytic domain, and the Re-face hydride of the nicotinamide ring is presented to a hydrophobic binding pocket featuring the Leu262, Phe285, Trp286, Trp116, Leu119, Leu55 and Val50 residues, which leads to the surface of the enzyme. The catalytic zinc and coordinating amino acid side chains were observed in different conformations in the different monomers. In three out of four monomers, the zinc was coordinated by His65, Asp154, Glu66 and a water molecule; in the other subunit, an alternative coordination sphere, consisting of His65, Asp154, Cys44 and a water molecule, was observed. The change in coordination was accompanied by a movement of a mobile region of the protein chain between residues 43 and 63, which bears Cys44. The structure of CPCR2 provides further evidence of a dynamic coordination sphere for zinc in medium-chain reductase dependent catalysis. It also sheds light on previous engineering studies on CPCR2 that were performed in the absence of structural data and provides a robust and reliable new model for further experiments directed towards improvement or alteration of CPCR2 activity.
    ChemCatChem 01/2014; · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Baeyer–Villiger monooxygenases (BVMOs) are valuable enzymes for specific oxyfunctionalization chemistry. They catalyze the oxidation of ketones to esters, but are also capable of oxidizing other chemical functions, namely aldehydes and heteroatoms such as sulfur, nitrogen, selenium and boron. The oxidation specificity and enantioselectivity of a newly characterized BVMO (BVMO4) from a strain of Dietzia towards sulfide- and aldehyde substrates have been studied. BVMO4 could react with sulfides containing an aromatic group. The presence of a substituent on the aromatic group was tolerated when they were in the meta- and para position and the oxidations yielded predominantly the (R)-sulfoxides. Similarly, BVMO4 displayed a higher activity for aldehydes containing a phenyl group, but long aliphatic aldehydes, namely octanal and decanal, were also accepted as substrate by this enzyme. The major oxidation products of the aldehyde substrates were the respective carboxylic acids in contrast to formate ester that was obtained in most of the previous reports. The Baeyer–Villiger oxidation of the substrate 2-phenylpropionaldehyde was studied in further detail and the corresponding acid product was obtained with good regio- and enantioselectivity. This is a unique feature for BVMO4 and is of great interest for further exploration of an alternative biocatalytic process.
    Topics in Catalysis 11/2013; · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: NADPH-dependent oxidoreductase Q1EQE0 from Streptomyces kanamyceticus catalyzes the asymmetric reduction of the prochiral monocyclic imine 2-methyl-1-pyrroline to the chiral amine (R)-2-methylpyrrolidine with >99 % ee, and is thus of interest as a potential biocatalyst for the production of optically active amines. The structures of Q1EQE0 in native form, and in complex with the nicotinamide cofactor NADPH have been solved and refined to a resolution of 2.7 Å. Q1EQE0 functions as a dimer in which the monomer consists of an N-terminal Rossman-fold motif attached to a helical C-terminal domain through a helix of 28 amino acids. The dimer is formed through reciprocal domain sharing in which the C-terminal domains are swapped, with a substrate-binding cleft formed between the N-terminal subunit of monomer A and the C-terminal subunit of monomer B. The structure is related to those of known β-hydroxyacid dehydrogenases, except that the essential lysine, which serves as an acid/base in the (de)protonation of the nascent alcohol in those enzymes, is replaced by an aspartate residue, Asp187 in Q1EQE0. Mutation of Asp187 to either asparagine or alanine resulted in an inactive enzyme.
    ChemBioChem 06/2013; · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The development of cost-effective and sustainable catalytic methods for the production of enantiomerically pure chiral amines is a key challenge facing the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries. This challenge is highlighted by the estimate that 40-45% of drug candidates contain a chiral amine, fuelling a demand for broadly applicable synthetic methods which deliver target structures in high yield and enantiomeric excess (e.e.). Herein we describe the development and application of a 'toolbox' of monoamine oxidase variants from Aspergillus niger (MAO-N) which display remarkable substrate scope and tolerance for sterically demanding motifs, including a new variant which exhibits high activity and enantioselectivity towards substrates containing the aminodiphenylmethane (benzhydrylamine) template. By combining rational structure-guided engineering with high-throughput screening, it has been possible to expand the substrate scope of MAO-N to accommodate amine substrates containing bulky aryl substituents. These engineered MAO-N biocatalysts have been applied in deracemisation reactions for the efficient asymmetric synthesis of the generic APIs Solifenacin and Levocetirizine as well as the natural products (R)-coniine, (R)-eleagnine and (R)-leptaflorine. We also report a novel MAO-N mediated asymmetric oxidative Pictet-Spengler approach to the synthesis of (R)-harmicine.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 06/2013; · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although CC bond hydrolases are distributed widely in Nature, they has as yet have received only limited attention in the area of biocatalysis compared to their counterpart the C-heteroatom hydrolases, such as lipases and proteases. However, the substrate range of CC hydrolases, and their non-dependence on cofactors, suggest that these enzymes may have considerable potential for applications in synthesis. In addition, hydrolases such as the β-diketone hydrolase from Rhodococcus (OCH) are known, that catalyse the formation of interesting chiral intermediates. Further enzymes, such as kynureninase and a meta-cleavage product hydrolase (MhpC), are able to catalyse carbon-carbon bond formation, suggesting wider applications in biocatalysis than previously envisaged. In this review, the distribution, catalytic characteristics and applications of CC hydrolases are described, with a view to assessing their potentialfor use in biocatalytic processes in the future.
    Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis 06/2013; 355(9). · 5.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prochiral bicyclic diketones were transformed to a single diastereomer of 3-substituted cyclohexylamine derivatives via three consecutive biocatalytic steps. The two chiral centres were set up by a CC hydrolase (6-oxocamphor hydrolase) in the first step and by an ω-transaminase in the last step. The esterification of the intermediate keto acid was catalysed by a lipase in the second step if possible. For two substrates the CC hydrolytic step as well as the esterification could be run simultaneously in a one-pot cascade in an organic solvent. In one example, the reaction mixture of the first two steps could be directly subjected to bio-amination in an organic solvent without the need to change the reaction medium. Depending on the choice of the ω-transaminase employed and the substrate the cis- as well as the trans-diastereomers could be obtained in optically pure forms.
    Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis 06/2013; 355(9). · 5.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The flavoprotein monooxygenase (FPMO) from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (SMFMO, Uniprot: B2FLR2) catalyses the asymmetric oxidation of thioethers and is unusual amongst FPMOs in its ability to use the non-phosphorylated cofactor NADH, as well as NADPH, for the reduction of the FAD coenzyme. In order to explore the basis for cofactor promiscuity, structure-guided mutation of two residues in the cofactor binding site, Gln193 and His194, in SMFMO were performed in an attempt to imitate the cofactor binding site of the NADPH-dependent FMO from Methylophaga aminisulfidivorans sp. SK1 (mFMO), in which structurally homologous residues Arg234 and Thr235 bind the NADPH 2'-ribose phosphate. Mutation of His194 to threonine proved most significant, with a switch in specificity from NADH to NADPH [(k cat/K m NADH)/k cat/K m NADPH) from 1.5:1 to 1:3.5, mostly as a result of a reduced K m for NADPH of approximately sevenfold in the His194Thr mutant. The structure of the Gln193Arg/His194Thr mutant revealed no substantial changes in the backbone of the enzyme or orientation of side chains resulting from mutation. Mutation of Phe52, in the vicinity of FAD, and which in mFMO is an asparagine thought to be responsible for flavin hydroperoxide stabilisation, is, in SMFMO, a determinant of enantioselectivity in sulfoxidation. Mutation of Phe52 to valine resulted in a mutant that transformed para-tolyl methyl sulfide into the (S)-sulfoxide with 32% e.e., compared to 25% (R)- for the wild type. These results shed further light both on the cofactor specificity of FPMOs, and their determinants of enantioselectivity, with a view to informing engineering studies of FPMOs in the future.
    FEBS open bio. 01/2013; 3:473-8.
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    ABSTRACT: L-Amino acid oxidases (LAAOs) are useful catalysts for the deracemisation of racemic amino acid sub-strates when combined with abiotic reductants. The gene nadB encoding the L-aspartate amino acid oxidase from Pseudomonas putida (PpLASPO) has been cloned and expressed in E. coli. The purified PpLASPO enzyme displayed a K M for l-aspartic acid of 2.26 mM and a k cat = 10.6 s −1 , with lower activity also displayed towards L-asparagine, for which pronounced substrate inhibition was also observed. The pH optimum of the enzyme was recorded at pH 7.4. The enzyme was stable for 60 min at up to 40 • C, but rapid losses in activity were observed at 50 • C. A mutational analysis of the enzyme, based on its sequence homology with the LASPO from E. coli of known structure, appeared to confirm roles in substrate binding or catalysis for residues His244, His351, Arg386 and Arg290 and also for Thr259 and Gln242. The high activity of the enzyme, and its promiscuous acceptance of both L-asparagine and L-glutamate as substrates, if with low activity, suggests that PpLASPO may provide a good model enzyme for evolution studies towards AAOs of altered or improved properties in the future.
    Journal of Molecular Catalysis B Enzymatic 01/2013; 85(86):17-22. · 2.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytochromes P450 (P450s) are a family of heme-containing oxidases with considerable potential as tools for industrial biocatalysis. Organismal genomes are revealing thousands of gene sequences that encode P450s of as yet unknown function, the exploitation of which will require high-throughput tools for their isolation and characterization. Here, we describe a new ligation-independent cloning vector (LICRED) that enables the high-throughput generation of libraries of redox-self-sufficient P450s, by fusing a range of P450 heme domains to the reductase of P450RhF (RhF-Red) in a robust and generically applicable way.
    Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 01/2013; 987:239-49. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Using directed evolution, a variant N-acetyl amino acid racemase (NAAAR G291D/F323Y) has been developed with up to six-fold higher activity than the wild-type on a range on N-acetylated amino acids. The variant has been coupled with an enantiospecific acylase to give a preparative scale dynamic kinetic resolution which allows 98% conversion of N-acetyl-DL-allylglycine into D-allylglycine in 18 hours at high substrate concentrations (50 g L-1). This is the first example of NAAAR operating under conditions which would allow it to be successfully used on an industrial scale for the production of enantiomerically pure α-amino acids. X-ray crystal analysis of the improved NAAAR variant allowed a comparison with the wild-type enzyme. We postulate that a network of novel interactions that result from the introduction of the two side-chains is the source of improved catalytic performance.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 11/2012; · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytochromes P450 from plants have the potential to be valuable catalysts for industrial hydroxylation reactions, but their application is hindered by poor solubility, the lack of suitable expression systems and the requirement of P450s for auxiliary redox-transport proteins for the delivery of reducing equivalents from NAD(P)H. In the interests of enabling useful P450 activity from plants, we have developed a suite of vectors for the expression of plant P450s as non-natural genetic fusions with reductase proteins. First, we have fused the P450 isoflavone synthase (IFS) from Glycine max with the bacterial P450 reductase domain (Rhf-RED) from Rhodococcus sp., by using our LICRED vector developed previously (F. Sabbadin, R. Hyde, A. Robin, E.-M. Hilgarth, M. Delenne, S. Flitsch, N. Turner, G. Grogan, N. C. Bruce, ChemBioChem 2010, 11, 987-994) creating the first active bacterial-plant fusion P450 enzyme. We have then created a complementary vector, ACRyLIC for the fusion of selected plant P450 enzymes to the P450 reductase ATR2 from Arabidopsis thaliana. The applicability of this vector to the creation of active P450 fusion enzymes was demonstrated using both IFS1 and the cinnamate-4-hydroxylase (C4H) from A. thaliana. Overall the fusion vector systems will allow the rapid creation of libraries of plant P450s with the aim of identifying enzyme activities with possible applications in industrial biocatalysis.
    ChemBioChem 11/2012; · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    Matthew Taylor, Colin Scott, Gideon Grogan
    Trends in Biotechnology 10/2012; · 9.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two complex structures of the γ-aminobutyrate (GABA) transaminase A1R958 from Arthrobacter aurescens TC1 are presented. The first, determined to a resolution of 2.80 Å, features the internal aldimine formed by reaction between the ℇ-amino group of Lys295 and the cofactor pyridoxal phosphate (PLP); the second, determined to a resolution of 2.75 Å, features the external aldimine adduct formed between PLP and GABA in the first half-reaction. This is the first structure of a microbial GABA transaminase in complex with its natural external aldimine and reveals the molecular determinants of GABA binding in this enzyme.
    Acta Crystallographica Section F Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications 10/2012; 68(Pt 10):1175-80. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Stenotrophomonas maltophilia PML168 was isolated from Wembury Beach on the English Coast from a rock pool following growth and selection on agar plates. Here we present the permanent draft genome sequence, which has allowed prediction of function for several genes encoding enzymes relevant to industrial biotechnology, including a novel flavoprotein monooxygenase.
    Journal of bacteriology 09/2012; 194(17):4753-4. · 3.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A gene from the marine bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia encodes a 38.6 kDa FAD-containing flavoprotein (Uniprot B2FLR2) named S. maltophilia flavin-containing monooxygenase (SMFMO), which catalyses the oxidation of thioethers and also the regioselective Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of the model substrate bicyclo[3.2.0]hept-2-en-6-one. The enzyme was unusual in its ability to employ either NADH or NADPH as nicotinamide cofactor. The K(M) and k(cat) values for NADH were 23.7±9.1 μM and 0.029 s(-1) and 27.3±5.3 μM and 0.022 s(-1) for NADPH. However, k(cat) /K(M) value for the ketone substrate in the presence of 100 μM cofactor was 17 times greater for NADH than for NADPH. SMFMO catalysed the quantitative conversion of 5 mM ketone in the presence of substoichiometric concentrations of NADH with the formate dehydrogenase cofactor recycling system, to give the 2-oxa and 3-oxa lactone products of Baeyer-Villiger reaction in a ratio of 5:1, albeit with poor enantioselectivity. The conversion with NADPH was 15 %. SMFMO also catalysed the NADH-dependent transformation of prochiral aromatic thioethers, giving in the best case, 80 % ee for the transformation of p-chlorophenyl methyl sulfide to its R enantiomer. The structure of SMFMO reveals that the relaxation in cofactor specificity appears to be accomplished by the substitution of an arginine residue, responsible for recognition of the 2'-phosphate on the NADPH ribose in related NADPH-dependent FMOs, with a glutamine residue in SMFMO. SMFMO is thus representative of a separate class of single-component, flavoprotein monooxygenases that catalyse NADH-dependent oxidations from which possible sequences and strategies for developing NADH-dependent biocatalysts for asymmetric oxygenation reactions might be identified.
    ChemBioChem 03/2012; 13(6):872-8. · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The ability of Rhodococcus rhodochrous (NCIMB 9703) to catalyse the regio- and stereoselective hydroxylation of a range of benzyloxy-substituted heterocycles has been investigated. Incubation of 2-benzyloxytetrahydropyrans with resting cell suspensions of the organism yielded predominantly a mixture of 5-hydroxylated isomers in combined yields of up to 40%. Exposure of the corresponding 2-benzyloxytetrahydrofuran derivatives to the cell suspensions gave predominantly the 4-hydroxylated isomers in yields of up to 26%. Most interestingly, 2-(4-nitrobenzyloxy)tetrahydrofuran and 2-(4-nitrobenzyloxy)tetrahydropyran were transformed in high yields to the 4-hydroxylated and 5-hydroxylated products, respectively.
    Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 01/2012; 8:496-500. · 2.80 Impact Factor

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389 Citations
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Institutions

  • 2005–2014
    • CUNY Graduate Center
      New York City, New York, United States
  • 2001–2014
    • The University of York
      • • York Structural Biology Laboratory
      • • Department of Biology
      • • Department of Chemistry
      York, England, United Kingdom
  • 2013
    • University of Oviedo
      Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
  • 2009–2012
    • The University of Manchester
      • • School of Chemistry
      • • Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB)
      Manchester, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
      • Forschungsbereich Organische und Bioorganische Chemie
      Graz, Styria, Austria
  • 2001–2010
    • The University of Edinburgh
      • School of Chemistry
      Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 2007
    • RWTH Aachen University
      Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany