Distal side tryptophan, tyrosine and methionine in catalase-peroxidases are covalently linked in solution

Christa Jakopitsch, Daniel Kolarich, Gabriele Petutschnig, Paul Georg Furtmüller, Christian Obinger*

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Abstract

Distal side tryptophan and tyrosine have been shown to be essential in the catalase but not the peroxidase activity of bifunctional catalase-peroxidases (KatGs). Recently published crystal structures suggest that both residues could be part of a novel adduct including in addition a conserved methionine. A mass spectrometric analysis of the tryptic peptides from recombinant wild-type Synechocystis KatG and the variants Trp122Phe, Tyr249Phe and Met275Ile confirms that this novel adduct really exists in solution and thus may be common to all KatGs. Exchange of either Trp122 or Tyr249 prevents cross-linking, whereas exchange of Met275 still allowed bond formation between Trp122 and Tyr249. It is proposed that the covalent bond between Trp and Tyr may form before that between Tyr and Met. The findings are discussed with respect to the mechanism of cross-linking and its role in KatG catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Volume552
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2003

Keywords

  • Catalase activity
  • Catalase-peroxidase
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Novel covalent bonds
  • Peptide mass mapping
  • Synechocystis PCC 6803

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