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  • 1.
    Manta, Bianca
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Quantum Chemical Studies of Enzymatic Reaction Mechanisms2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Computer modeling of enzymes is a valuable complement to experiments. Quantum chemical studies of enzymatic reactions can provide a detailed description of the reaction mechanism and elucidate the roles of various residues in the active site. Different reaction pathways can be analyzed, and their feasibility be established based on calculated energy barriers.

    In the present thesis, density functional theory has been used to study the active sites and reaction mechanisms of three different enzymes, cytosine deaminase (CDA) from Escherichia coli, ω-transaminase from Chromobacterium violaceum (Cv-ωTA) and dinitrogenase reductase-activating glycohydrolase (DraG) from Rhodospirillum rubrum. The cluster approach has been employed to design models of the active sites based on available crystal structures. The geometries and energies of transition states and intermediates along various reaction pathways have been calculated, and used to construct the energy graphs of the reactions.

    In the study of CDA (Paper I), two different tautomers of a histidine residue were considered. The obtained reaction mechanism was found to support the main features of the previously proposed mechanism. The sequence of the events was established, and the residues needed for the proton transfer steps were elucidated.

    In the study of Cv-ωTA (Paper II and Paper III), two active site models were employed to study the conversion of two different substrates, a hydrophobic amine and an amino acid. Differences and similarities in the reaction mechanisms of the two substrates were established, and the role of an arginine residue in the dual substrate recognition was confirmed.

    In the study of DraG (Paper IV), two different substrate-binding modes and two different protonation states of an aspartate residue were considered. The coordination of the first-shell ligands and the substrate to the two manganese ions in the active site was characterized, and a possible proton donor in the first step of the proposed reaction mechanism was identified.

  • 2.
    Manta, Bianca
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Quantum Chemical Studies of Enzymatic Reaction Mechanisms: Investigations of Cytosine Deaminase and ω-Transaminase2014Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis, density functional theory is used to study the reaction mechanisms of two dierent enzymes. Quantum chemical cluster models of the active sites were designed using available crystal structures. In this approach only the active site residues are considered and the effects of the surroundings are accounted for by a coordinate-locking scheme and a polarizable continuum model.

    The enzymes studied are cytosine deaminase (CDA) from Escherichia coli and ω-transaminase from Chromobacterium violaceum (Cv-ωTA). CDA is a zinc-dependentenzyme that catalyzes the hydrolytic deamination of cytosine into uracil and ammonia. Cv-ωTA carries out the interchange of amino and keto groups by utilizing the cofactor pyridoxal-5’-phosphate (PLP). The calculations provide optimized geometries and energies of transition states and intermediates, which are analyzed and used to construct a potential energy prole for the reaction and to identify the rate-limiting step. Each theoretical investigation provides a detailed description of the catalytic mechanism and establishes the roleof important active site residues.

    In the rst study (Paper I), it was found that a glutamate and an aspartate residue assist in the proton transfer events throughout the reaction. In the second study (Paper II), it was found that the lysine residue, which in the holo enzyme binds the cofactor PLP, assists in several proton transfer events once it has been replaced by the amino substrate. It was also found that the water substrate can be utilized as a proton shuttle before it is consumed at a later stage in the reaction mechanism.

    Apart from the detailed chemical insight, the results in this thesis confirmthat density functional theory together with cluster models of active sites is a very useful approach for studying diverse enzymatic reaction mechanisms.

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    Manta, Bianca
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Himo, Fahmi
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Insights from Quantum Chemical Calculations into Active Site Structure and Reaction Mechanism of Manganese-Dependent Dinitrogenase Reductase-Activating GlycohydrolaseManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
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