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Conformational selection and induced changes along the catalytic cycle of E. coli DHFR.
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PMID:  22641560     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Protein function often involves changes between different conformations. Central questions are how these conformational changes are coupled to the binding or catalytic processes during which they occur, and how they affect the catalytic rates of enzymes. An important model system is the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) from E. coli, which exhibits characteristic conformational changes of the active-site loop during the catalytic step and during unbinding of the product. In this article, we present a general kinetic framework that can be used (1) to identify the ordering of events in the coupling of conformational changes, binding and catalysis and (2) to determine the rates of the substeps of coupled processes from a combined analysis of NMR R(2) relaxation dispersion experiments and traditional enzyme kinetics measurements. We apply this framework to E. coli DHFR and find that the conformational change during product unbinding follows a conformational-selection mechanism, i.e. the conformational change occurs predominantly prior to unbinding. The conformational change during the catalytic step, in contrast, is an induced change, i.e. the change occurs after the chemical reaction. We propose that the reason for these conformational changes, which are absent in human and other vertebrate DHFRs, is robustness of the catalytic rate against large pH variations and changes to substrate/product concentrations in E. coli. Proteins 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Thomas R Weikl; David D Boehr
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-29
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Title:  Proteins     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-0134     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8700181     Medline TA:  Proteins     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Theory and Bio-Systems, Science Park Golm, 14424 Potsdam, Germany.
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