Annie P-C Chen

Academia Sinica, T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan

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Publications (6)30.73 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) is a common substrate for a variety of prenyltransferases for synthesizing isoprenoid compounds. In this study, (2E,6E)-8-O-(N-methyl-2-aminobenzoyl)-3,7-dimethyl-2,6-octandien-1-pyrophosphate (MANT-O-GPP), a fluorescent analog of FPP, was synthesized and demonstrated as a satisfactory substrate for Escherichia coli undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthase (UPPS) with a K(m) of 1.5 μM and a k(cat) of 1.2s(-1) based on [(14)C]IPP consumption. Interesting, we found that its emission fluorescence intensity at 420 nm increased remarkably during chain elongation, thereby useful for real-time monitoring kinetics of UPPS to yield a K(m) of 1.1 μM and a k(cat) of 1.0 s(-1), consistent with those measured using radiolabeled substrate. Using this assay, the IC(50) of a known UPPS inhibitor farnesyl thiopyrophosphate (FsPP) was confirmed. Our studies provide a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative for kinetics and inhibition studies on UPPS drug target.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2011 · Analytical Biochemistry
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    ABSTRACT: Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthase (UPPs) catalyzes the consecutive condensation reactions of a farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) with eight isopentenyl pyrophosphates (IPP), in which new cis-double bonds are formed, to generate undecaprenyl pyrophosphate that serves as a lipid carrier for peptidoglycan synthesis of bacterial cell wall. The structures of Escherichia coli UPPs were determined previously in an orthorhombic crystal form as an apoenzyme, in complex with Mg(2+)/sulfate/Triton, and with bound FPP. In a further search of its catalytic mechanism, the wild-type UPPs and the D26A mutant are crystallized in a new trigonal unit cell with Mg(2+)/IPP/farnesyl thiopyrophosphate (an FPP analogue) bound to the active site. In the wild-type enzyme, Mg(2+) is coordinated by the pyrophosphate of farnesyl thiopyrophosphate, the carboxylate of Asp(26), and three water molecules. In the mutant enzyme, it is bound to the pyrophosphate of IPP. The [Mg(2+)] dependence of the catalytic rate by UPPs shows that the activity is maximal at [Mg(2+)] = 1 mm but drops significantly when Mg(2+) ions are in excess (50 mm). Without Mg(2+), IPP binds to UPPs only at high concentration. Mutation of Asp(26) to other charged amino acids results in significant decrease of the UPPs activity. The role of Asp(26) is probably to assist the migration of Mg(2+) from IPP to FPP and thus initiate the condensation reaction by ionization of the pyrophosphate group from FPP. Other conserved residues, including His(43), Ser(71), Asn(74), and Arg(77), may serve as general acid/base and pyrophosphate carrier. Our results here improve the understanding of the UPPs enzyme reaction significantly.
    Preview · Article · Jun 2005 · Journal of Biological Chemistry
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    ABSTRACT: UPPS (undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthase) catalyses consecutive condensation reactions of FPP (farnesyl pyrophosphate) with eight isopentenyl pyrophosphates to generate C55 UPP, which serves as a lipid carrier for bacterial peptidoglycan biosynthesis. We reported the co-crystal structure of Escherichia coli UPPS in complex with FPP. Its phosphate head-group is bound to positively charged arginine residues and the hydrocarbon moiety interacts with hydrophobic amino acids including L85, L88 and F89, located on the alpha3 helix of UPPS. We now show that the monophosphate analogue of FPP binds UPPS with an eight times lower affinity (K(d)=4.4 microM) compared with the pyrophosphate analogue, a result of a larger dissociation rate constant (k(off)=192 s(-1)). Farnesol (1 mM) lacking the pyrophosphate does not inhibit the UPPS reaction. GGPP (geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate) containing a larger C20 hydrocarbon tail is an equally good substrate (K(m)=0.3 microM and kcat=2.1 s(-1)) compared with FPP. The shorter C10 GPP (geranyl pyrophosphate) displays a 90-fold larger K(m) value (36.0+/-0.1 microM) but similar kcat value (1.7+/-0.1 s(-1)) compared with FPP. Replacement of L85, L88 or F89 with Ala increases FPP and GGPP K(m) values by the same amount, indicating that these amino acids are important for substrate binding, but do not determine substrate specificity. With GGPP as a substrate, UPPS still catalyses eight isopentenyl pyrophosphate condensation reactions to synthesize C60 product. Computer modelling suggests that the upper portion of the active-site tunnel, where cis double bonds of the product reside, may be critical for determining the final product chain length.
    Preview · Article · Mar 2005 · Biochemical Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthase (UPPs) catalyzes eight consecutive condensation reactions of farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) with isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) to form a 55-carbon long-chain product. We previously reported the crystal structure of the apo-enzyme from Escherichia coli and the structure of UPPs in complex with sulfate ions (resembling pyrophosphate of substrate), Mg(2+), and two Triton molecules (product-like). In the present study, FPP substrate was soaked into the UPPs crystals, and the complex structure was solved. Based on the crystal structure, the pyrophosphate head group of FPP is bound to the backbone NHs of Gly29 and Arg30 as well as the side chains of Asn28, Arg30, and Arg39 through hydrogen bonds. His43 is close to the C2 carbon of FPP and may stabilize the farnesyl cation intermediate during catalysis. The hydrocarbon moiety of FPP is bound with hydrophobic amino acids including Leu85, Leu88, and Phe89, located on the alpha3 helix. The binding mode of FPP in cis-type UPPs is apparently different from that of trans-type and many other prenyltransferases which utilize Asprich motifs for substrate binding via Mg(2+). The new structure provides a plausible mechanism for the catalysis of UPPs.
    Preview · Article · May 2004 · Protein Science
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    ABSTRACT: Farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) serves as a common substrate for many prenyltransferases involved in the biosynthesis of isoprenoid compounds. Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthase (UPPs) catalyzes the chain elongation of FPP to C(55) undecaprenyl pyrophosphate (UPP) which acts as a lipid carrier in bacterial peptidoglycan synthesis. In this study, 7-(2,6-dimethyl-8-diphospho-2,6-octadienyloxy)-8-methyl-4-trifluoromethyl-chromen-2-one geranyl pyrophosphate, a fluorescent analogue of FPP, was prepared and utilized to study ligand interactions with E. coli UPPs. This compound displays an absorbance maximum at 336 nm and emission maximum at 460 nm without interference from protein autofluorescence. It is a competitive inhibitor with respect to FPP (K(i) = 0.57 microM) and also serves as an alternative substrate (K(m) = 0.69 microM and k(cat) = 0.02 s(-)(1)), but mainly reacts with one isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) probably due to unfavorable product translocation. Fluorescence intensity of this compound is reduced when bound to the enzyme (1:1 stoichiometry), and is recovered by FPP replacement. Using stopped-flow apparatus, the interaction of enzyme with the compound was measured (k(on) = 55.3 microM(-)(1) s(-)(1) and k(off) = 31.6 s(-)(1)). The product dissociation rate constant (0.5 s(-)(1)) determined from the competition experiments is consistent with our previous prediction from kinetic simulation. Unlike several other prenyltransferase reactions in which FPP dissociates slowly, UPPs binds FPP in a rapid equilibrium manner with a fast release rate constant of 30 s(-)(1). The fluorescent analogue of FPP presented here may provide a tool to investigate the ligand interactions for a broad class of FPP-binding proteins.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2003 · Journal of the American Chemical Society
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    ABSTRACT: Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthase (UPPS) catalyzes the consecutive condensation reactions of eight isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) with farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) to generate C(55) undecaprenyl pyrophosphate (UPP). In the present study, site-directed mutagenesis, fluorescence quenching, and stopped-flow methods were utilized to examine the substrate binding and the protein conformational change. (S)-Farnesyl thiopyrophosphate (FsPP), a FPP analogue, was synthesized to probe the enzyme inhibition and events associated with the protein fluorescence change. This compound with a much less labile thiopyrophosphate shows K(i) value of 0.2 microm in the inhibition of Escherichia coli UPPS and serves as a poor substrate, with the k(cat) value (3.1 x 10(-7) s(-1)) 10(7) times smaller than using FPP as the substrate. Reduction of protein intrinsic fluorescence was observed upon addition of FPP (or FsPP) to the UPPS solution. Moreover, fluorescence studies carried out using W91F and other mutant UPPS with Trp replaced by Phe indicate that FPP binding mainly quenches the fluorescence of Trp-91, a residue in the alpha3 helix that moves toward the active site during substrate binding. Using stopped-flow apparatus, a three-phase protein fluorescence change with time was observed by mixing the E.FPP complex with IPP in the presence of Mg(2+). However, during the binding of E.FsPP with IPP, only the fastest phase was observed. These results suggest that the first phase is due to the IPP binding to E.FPP complex, and the other two slow phases are originated from the protein conformational change. The two slow phases coincide with the time course of FPP chain elongation from C(15) to C(55) and product release.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2002 · Journal of Biological Chemistry

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176 Citations
30.73 Total Impact Points


  • 2005-2011
    • Academia Sinica
      • Institute of Biological Chemistry
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2003-2005
    • National Taiwan University
      • Department of Chemistry
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan