Journal article

Destabilization of the Homotetrameric Assembly of 3-Deoxy-D-Arabino-Heptulosonate-7-Phosphate Synthase from the Hyperthermophile Pyrococcus furiosus Enhances Enzymatic Activity

Ali Reza Nazmi, Linley R Schofield, Renwick CJ Dobson, Geoffrey B Jameson, Emily J Parker

Journal of Molecular Biology | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014


Many proteins adopt homomeric quaternary structures to support their biological function, including the first enzyme of the shikimate pathway that is ultimately responsible for the biosynthesis of the aromatic amino acids in plants and microorganisms. This enzyme, 3-deoxy-d-arabino-heptulosonate-7-phosphate synthase (DAH7PS), adopts a variety of different quaternary structures depending on the organism in which it is found. The DAH7PS from the hyperthermophilic archaebacterium Pyrococcus furiosus was previously shown to be tetrameric in its crystalline form, and this quaternary association is confirmed in an improved structure in a different crystal system. This tetramer is also present in s..

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