Crystal Structure of Methylornithine Synthase (PylB): Insights into the Pyrrolysine Biosynthesis
KAUST Grant NumberFIC/2010/07
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AbstractMade by the barrel load: The biosynthetic pathway of the recently discovered 22nd amino acid, pyrrolysine, starts with an isomerization of lysine to methylornithine, catalyzed by PylB. The X-ray crystal structure of PylB is determined (see picture) and shows it has a TIM barrel fold. The sealed central cavity contains a [4Fe-4S] cluster, S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), and methylornithine, whose 2R,3R configuration could be confirmed. The data suggest a fragmentation-recombination mechanism via a glycyl radical intermediate. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
CitationQuitterer F, List A, Eisenreich W, Bacher A, Groll M (2011) Crystal Structure of Methylornithine Synthase (PylB): Insights into the Pyrrolysine Biosynthesis. Angew Chem Int Ed 51: 1339–1342. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201106765.
SponsorsWe thank Sophie Vieweg for experimental support and the staff of PXI of Paul Scherrer Institute, Swiss Light Source (Villigen, Switzerland) for help with data collection. This work was supported by the Hans-Fischer-Gesellschaft and by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Award No. FIC/2010/07).
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