Analysis of the substrate-binding site of human carbonyl reductases CBR1 and CBR3 by site-directed mutagenesis

El-Hawari, Y., Favia, A. D., Pilka, E. S., Kisiela, M., Oppermann, U., Martin, H. J. and Maser, Edmund (2009) Analysis of the substrate-binding site of human carbonyl reductases CBR1 and CBR3 by site-directed mutagenesis Chemico-Biological Interactions, 178 (1-3). pp. 234-241.

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Human carbonyl reductase is a member of the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) protein superfamily and is known to play an important role in the detoxification of xenobiotics bearing a carbonyl group. The two monomeric NADPH-dependent human isoforms of cytosolic carbonyl reductase CBR1 and CBR3 show a sequence similarity of 85% on the amino acid level, which is definitely high if compared to the low similarities usually observed among other members of the SDR superfamily (15-30%). Despite the sequence similarity and the similar features found in the available crystal structures of the two enzymes, CBR3 shows only low or no activity towards substrates that are metabolised by CBR1. This surprising substrate specificity is still not fully understood. In the present study. we introduced several point mutations and changed sequences of up to 17 amino acids of CBR3 to the corresponding amino acids of CBR1, to gather insight into the catalytic mechanism of both enzymes. Proteins were expressed in Escherichia coli and purified by Ni-affinity chromatography. Their catalytic properties were then compared using isatin and 9,10-phenanthrenequinone as model substrates. Towards isatin, wild-type CBR3 showed a catalytic efficiency of 0.018 mu M-1 min(-1), whereas wild-type CBR1 showed a catalytic efficiency of 13.5 mu M-1 min(-1). In particular, when nine residues (236-244) in the vicinity of the catalytic center and a proline (P230) in CBR3 were mutated to the corresponding residues of CBR1 a much higher k(cat)/K-m value (5.7 mu M-1 min(-1)) towards isatin was observed. To gain further insight into the protein-ligand binding process, docking simulations were perfomed on this mutant and on both wild-type enzymes (CBR1 and CBR3). The theoretical model of the mutant was ad hoc built by means of standard comparative modelling. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: carbonyl reductioncbr1 cbr3 mutagenesis active site short-chain dehydrogenases/reductases human liver in-silico enzymes reduction docking isatin purification expression brain
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0009-2797
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2011 12:13
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 12:37

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