The molecular structure and catalytic mechanism of a quorum-quenching N-acyl-L-homoserine lactone hydrolase

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The molecular structure and catalytic mechanism of a quorum-quenching N-acyl-L-homoserine lactone hydrolase
Myung Hee Kim; Won Chan Choi; Hye Ok Kang; Jong Suk Lee; B S Kang; K J Kim; Z S Derewenda; Tae Kwang Oh; Choong Hwan Lee; Jung-Kee Lee
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Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of United States of America, vol. 102, no. 49, pp. 17606-17611
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In many Gram-negative bacteria, including a number of pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Erwinia carotovora, virulence factor production and biofilm formation are linked to the quorum-sensing systems that use diffusible N-acyl-L-homoserine lactones (AHLs) as intercellular messenger molecules. A number of organisms also contain genes coding for lactonases that hydrolyze AHLs into inactive products, thereby blocking the quorum-sensing systems. Consequently, these enzymes attract intense interest for the development of antiinfection therapies. However, the catalytic mechanism of AHL-lactonase is poorly understood and subject to controversy. We here report a 2.0-? resolution structure of the AHL-lactonase from Bacillus thuringiensis and a 1.7-? crystal structure of its complex with L-homoserine lactone. Despite limited sequence similarity, the enzyme shows remarkable structural similarities to glyoxalase II and RNase Z proteins, members of the metallo-β-lactamase superfamily. We present experimental evidence that AHL-lactonase is a metalloenzyme containing two zinc ions involved in catalysis, and we propose a catalytic mechanism for bacterial metallo-AHL-lactonases.
crystal structurelactonasemetalloenzymequorum sensing
Natl Acad Sciences
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