7-Carboxy-7-deazaguanine Synthase: A Radical S-Adenosyl-l-methionine Enzyme with Polar Tendencies.
ABSTRACT: Radical S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) enzymes are widely distributed and catalyze diverse reactions. SAM binds to the unique iron atom of a site-differentiated [4Fe-4S] cluster and is reductively cleaved to generate a 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical, which initiates turnover. 7-Carboxy-7-deazaguanine (CDG) synthase (QueE) catalyzes a key step in the biosynthesis of 7-deazapurine containing natural products. 6-Carboxypterin (6-CP), an oxidized analogue of the natural substrate 6-carboxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydropterin (CPH4), is shown to be an alternate substrate for CDG synthase. Under reducing conditions that would promote the reductive cleavage of SAM, 6-CP is turned over to 6-deoxyadenosylpterin (6-dAP), presumably by radical addition of the 5'-deoxyadenosine followed by oxidative decarboxylation to the product. By contrast, in the absence of the strong reductant, dithionite, the carboxylate of 6-CP is esterified to generate 6-carboxypterin-5'-deoxyadenosyl ester (6-CP-dAdo ester). Structural studies with 6-CP and SAM also reveal electron density consistent with the ester product being formed in crystallo. The differential reactivity of 6-CP under reducing and nonreducing conditions highlights the ability of radical SAM enzymes to carry out both polar and radical transformations in the same active site.
Project description:7-Carboxy-7-deazaguanine (CDG) synthase (QueE), a member of the radical S-deoxyadenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) superfamily of enzymes, catalyzes a radical-mediated ring rearrangement required to convert 6-carboxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydropterin (CPH4) into CDG, forming the 7-dezapurine precursor to all pyrrolopyrimidine metabolites. Members of the radical SAM superfamily bind SAM to a [4Fe-4S] cluster, leveraging the reductive cleavage of SAM by the cluster to produce a highly reactive 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical which initiates chemistry by H atom abstraction from the substrate. QueE has recently been shown to use 6-carboxypterin (6-CP) as an alternative substrate, forming 6-deoxyadenosylpterin as the product. This reaction has been proposed to occur by radical addition between 5'-dAdo· and 6-CP, which upon oxidative decarboxylation yields the modified pterin. Here, we present spectroscopic evidence for a 6-CP-dAdo radical. The structure of this intermediate is determined by characterizing its electronic structure by continuous wave and pulse electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Project description:7-Carboxy-7-deazaguanine (CDG) synthase (QueE) catalyzes the complex heterocyclic radical-mediated conversion of 6-carboxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydropterin (CPH(4)) to CDG in the third step of the biosynthetic pathway to all 7-deazapurines. Here we present a detailed characterization of QueE from Bacillus subtilis to delineate the mechanism of conversion of CPH(4) to CDG. QueE is a member of the radical S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) superfamily, all of which use a bound [4Fe-4S](+) cluster to catalyze the reductive cleavage of the SAM cofactor to generate methionine and a 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical (5'-dAdo(•)), which initiates enzymatic transformations requiring hydrogen atom abstraction. The ultraviolet-visible, electron paramagnetic resonance, and Mössbauer spectroscopic features of the homodimeric QueE point to the presence of a single [4Fe-4S] cluster per monomer. Steady-state kinetic experiments indicate a K(m) of 20 ± 7 ?M for CPH(4) and a k(cat) of 5.4 ± 1.2 min(-1) for the overall transformation. The kinetically determined K(app) for SAM is 45 ± 1 ?M. QueE is also magnesium-dependent and exhibits a K(app) for the divalent metal ion of 0.21 ± 0.03 mM. The SAM cofactor supports multiple turnovers, indicating that it is regenerated at the end of each catalytic cycle. The mechanism of rearrangement of QueE was probed with CPH(4) isotopologs containing deuterium at C-6 or the two prochiral positions at C-7. These studies implicate 5'-dAdo(•) as the initiator of the ring contraction reaction catalyzed by QueE by abstraction of the H atom from C-6 of CPH(4).
Project description:Deazapurine-containing secondary metabolites comprise a broad range of structurally diverse nucleoside analogues found throughout biology, including various antibiotics produced by species of Streptomyces bacteria and the hypermodified tRNA bases queuosine and archaeosine. Despite early interest in deazapurines as antibiotic, antiviral, and antineoplastic agents, the biosynthetic route toward deazapurine production has remained largely elusive for more than 40 years. Here we present the first in vitro preparation of the deazapurine base preQ(0), by the successive action of four enzymes. The pathway includes the conversion of the recently identified biosynthetic intermediate, 6-carboxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydropterin, to a novel intermediate, 7-carboxy-7-deazaguanine (CDG), by an unusual transformation catalyzed by Bacillus subtilis QueE, a member of the radical SAM enzyme superfamily. The carboxylate moiety on CDG is converted subsequently to a nitrile to yield preQ(0) by either B. subtilis QueC or Streptomyces rimosus ToyM in an ATP-dependent reaction, in which ammonia serves as the nitrogen source. The results presented here are consistent with early radiotracer studies on deazapurine biosynthesis and provide a unified pathway for the production of deazapurines in nature.
Project description:7-carboxy-7-deazaguanine synthase (QueE) catalyzes a key S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet)- and Mg(2+)-dependent radical-mediated ring contraction step, which is common to the biosynthetic pathways of all deazapurine-containing compounds. QueE is a member of the AdoMet radical superfamily, which employs the 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical from reductive cleavage of AdoMet to initiate chemistry. To provide a mechanistic rationale for this elaborate transformation, we present the crystal structure of a QueE along with structures of pre- and post-turnover states. We find that substrate binds perpendicular to the [4Fe-4S]-bound AdoMet, exposing its C6 hydrogen atom for abstraction and generating the binding site for Mg(2+), which coordinates directly to the substrate. The Burkholderia multivorans structure reported here varies from all other previously characterized members of the AdoMet radical superfamily in that it contains a hypermodified (?6/?3) protein core and an expanded cluster-binding motif, CX14CX2C.
Project description:The radical S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) superfamily is a large and growing group of enzymes that conduct complex radical-mediated transformations. A one-electron reduction of SAM via the +1 state of the cubane [4Fe-4S] cluster generates a 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical, which initiates turnover. The [4Fe-4S] cluster must be reduced from its resting +2 state to the catalytically active +1 oxidation state by an electron. In practice, dithionite or the Escherichia coli flavodoxin (EcFldA)/ferredoxin (flavodoxin):NADP(+) oxidoreductase (Fpr)/NADPH system is used. Herein, we present a systematic investigation of the reductive activation of the radical SAM enzyme CDG synthase (BsQueE) from Bacillus subtilis comparing biological and chemical reductants. These data show that either of the flavodoxin homologues encoded by the B. subtilis genome, BsYkuN or BsYkuP, as well as a series of small molecule redox mediators, supports BsQueE activity. With dithionite as a reductant, the activity of BsQueE is ~75-fold greater in the presence of BsYkuN and BsYkuP compared to that in the presence of dithionite alone. By contrast, EcFldA supports turnover to ~10-fold greater levels than dithionite alone under the same conditions. Comparing the ratio of the rate of turnover to the apparent binding constant for the flavodoxin homologues reveals 10- and 240-fold preferences for BsYkuN over BsYkuP and EcFldA, respectively. The differential activation of the enzyme cannot be explained by the abortive cleavage of SAM. We conclude from these observations that the differential activation of BsQueE by Fld homologues may reside in the details of the interaction between the flavodoxin and the radical SAM enzyme.
Project description:7-Carboxy-7-deazaguanine synthase, QueE, catalyzes the radical mediated ring contraction of 6-carboxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydropterin, forming the characteristic pyrrolopyrimidine core of all 7-deazaguanine natural products. QueE is a member of the S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet) radical enzyme superfamily, which harnesses the reactivity of radical intermediates to perform challenging chemical reactions. Members of the AdoMet radical enzyme superfamily utilize a canonical binding motif, a CX3 CX?C motif, to bind a [4Fe-4S] cluster, and a partial (?/?)6 TIM barrel fold for the arrangement of AdoMet and substrates for catalysis. Although variations to both the cluster-binding motif and the core fold have been observed, visualization of drastic variations in the structure of QueE from Burkholderia multivorans called into question whether a re-haul of the defining characteristics of this superfamily was in order. Surprisingly, the structure of QueE from Bacillus subtilis revealed an architecture more reminiscent of the classical AdoMet radical enzyme. With these two QueE structures revealing varying degrees of alterations to the classical AdoMet fold, a new question arises: what is the purpose of these alterations? Here, we present the structure of a third QueE enzyme from Escherichia coli, which establishes the middle range of the spectrum of variation observed in these homologs. With these three homologs, we compare and contrast the structural architecture and make hypotheses about the role of these structural variations in binding and recognizing the biological reductant, flavodoxin. Broader impact statement: We know more about how enzymes are tailored for catalytic activity than about how enzymes are tailored to react with a physiological reductant. Here, we consider structural differences between three 7-carboxy-7-deazaguanine synthases and how these differences may be related to the interaction between these enzymes and their biological reductant, flavodoxin.
Project description:Radical S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) enzymes use a [4Fe-4S] cluster to generate a 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical. Canonical radical SAM enzymes are characterized by a ?-barrel-like fold and SAM anchors to the differentiated iron of the cluster, which is located near the amino terminus and within the ?-barrel, through its amino and carboxylate groups. Here we show that ThiC, the thiamin pyrimidine synthase in plants and bacteria, contains a tethered cluster-binding domain at its carboxy terminus that moves in and out of the active site during catalysis. In contrast to canonical radical SAM enzymes, we predict that SAM anchors to an additional active site metal through its amino and carboxylate groups. Superimposition of the catalytic domains of ThiC and glutamate mutase shows that these two enzymes share similar active site architectures, thus providing strong evidence for an evolutionary link between the radical SAM and adenosylcobalamin-dependent enzyme superfamilies.
Project description:Controlling radical intermediates and thus catalysing and directing complex radical reactions is a central feature of S-adensosylmethionine (SAM)-dependent radical enzymes. We report ab initio and DFT calculations highlighting the specific influence of ion complexation, including Mg2+ , identified as a key catalytic component on radical stability and reaction control in 7-carboxy-7-deazaguanine synthase (QueE). Radical stabilisation energies (RSEs) of key intermediates and radical clock-like model systems of the enzyme-catalysed rearrangement of 6-carboxytetrahydropterin (CPH4), reveals a directing role of Mg2+ in destabilising both the substrate-derived radical and corresponding side reactions, with the effect that the experimentally-observed rearrangement becomes dominant over possible alternatives. Importantly, this is achieved with minimal disruption of the thermodynamics of the substrate itself, affording a novel mechanism for an enzyme to both maintain binding potential and accelerate the rearrangement step. Other mono and divalent ions were probed with only dicationic species achieving the necessary radical conformation to facilitate the reaction.
Project description:Pyrrolopyrimidine containing natural products are widely distributed in Nature. The biosynthesis of the 7-deazapurine moiety that is common to all pyrrolopyrimidines entails multiple steps, one of which is a complex radical-mediated ring contraction reaction catalyzed by CDG synthase. Herein we review the biosynthetic pathways of deazapurines, focusing on the biochemical and structural insights into CDG synthase.
Project description:Radical S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) enzymes use a [4Fe-4S] cluster to cleave SAM to initiate diverse radical reactions. These reactions are thought to involve the 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical intermediate, which has not yet been detected. We used rapid freeze-quenching to trap a catalytically competent intermediate in the reaction catalyzed by the radical SAM enzyme pyruvate formate-lyase activating enzyme. Characterization of the intermediate by electron paramagnetic resonance and (13)C, (57)Fe electron nuclear double-resonance spectroscopies reveals that it contains an organometallic center in which the 5' carbon of a SAM-derived deoxyadenosyl moiety forms a bond with the unique iron site of the [4Fe-4S] cluster. Discovery of this intermediate extends the list of enzymatic bioorganometallic centers to the radical SAM enzymes, the largest enzyme superfamily known, and reveals intriguing parallels to B12 radical enzymes.