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High-valent [MnFe] and [FeFe] cofactors in ribonucleotide reductases
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
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2012 (English)In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, ISSN 0005-2728, E-ISSN 1879-2650, Vol. 1817, no 3, 430-444 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ribonucleotide reductases (RNRs) are essential for DNA synthesis in most organisms. In class-Ic RNR from Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct), a MnFe cofactor in subunit R2 forms the site required for enzyme activity, instead of an FeFe cofactor plus a redox-active tyrosine in class-la RNRs, for example in mouse (Mus musculus, Mm). For R2 proteins from Ct and Mm, either grown in the presence of, or reconstituted with Mn and Fe ions, structural and electronic properties of higher valence MnFe and FeFe sites were determined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and complementary techniques, in combination with bond-valence-sum and density functional theory calculations. At least ten different cofactor species could be tentatively distinguished. In Cr R2, two different Mn(IV)Fe(III) site configurations were assigned either L4MnIV(mu O)(2)(FeL4)-L-III (metal-metal distance of similar to 2.75 angstrom, L = ligand) prevailing in metal-grown R2, or L4MnIV(mu O)(mu OH)(FeL4)-L-III (similar to 2.90 angstrom) dominating in metal-reconstituted R2. Specific spectroscopic features were attributed to an Fe(IV)Fe(III) site (similar to 2.55 angstrom) with a L4FeIV(mu O)(2)(FeL3)-L-III core structure. Several Mn,Fe(III)Fe(III) (similar to 2.9-3.1 angstrom) and Mn,Fe(III)Fe(II) species (similar to 3.3-3.4 angstrom) likely showed 5-coordinated Mn(III) or Fe(III). Rapid X-ray photoreduction of iron and shorter metal-metal distances in the high-valent states suggested radiation-induced modifications in most crystal structures of R2. The actual configuration of the MnFe and FeFe cofactors seems to depend on assembly sequences, bound metal type, valence state, and previous catalytic activity involving subunit RI. In Ct R2, the protonation of a bridging oxide in the Mn-IV(mu O)(mu OH)Fe-III core may be important for preventing premature site reduction and initiation of the radical chemistry in R1.

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2012. Vol. 1817, no 3, 430-444 p.
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Ribonucleotide reductase, Chlamydia, MnFe cofactor, Redox intermediate, X-ray absorption spectroscopy
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76282DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2011.12.008ISI: 000301208200006OAI: diva2:526858
7Available from: 2012-05-15 Created: 2012-05-10 Last updated: 2012-05-15Bibliographically approved

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