Mar 18, 2009

The structural and biochemical characterizations of a novel TET peptidase complex from Pyrococcus horikoshii reveal an integrated peptide degradation system in hyperthermophilic Archaea

Molecular Microbiology
M Asunción DuráBruno Franzetti


The structure of a 468 kDa peptidase complex from the hyperthermophile Pyrococcus horikoshii has been solved at 1.9 A resolution. The monomer contains the M42 peptidase typical catalytic domain, and a dimerization domain that allows the formation of dimers that assemble as a 12-subunit self-compartmentalized tetrahedron, similar to those described for the TET peptidases. The biochemical analysis shows that the enzyme is cobalt-activated and cleaves peptides by a non-processive mechanism. Consequently, this protein represents the third TET peptidase complex described in P. horikoshii, thereby called PhTET3. It is a lysyl aminopeptidase with a strong preference for basic residues, which are poorly cleaved by PhTET1 and PhTET2. The structural analysis of PhTET3 and its comparison with PhTET1 and PhTET2 unravels common features explaining the general mode of action of the TET molecular machines as well as differences that can be associated with strong substrate discriminations. The question of the stability of the TET assemblies under extreme temperatures has been addressed. PhTET3 displays its maximal activity at 95 degrees C and small-angle neutron scattering experiments at 90 degrees C demonstrate the absence of quaternary struc...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Metabolic Process, Cellular
Peptide Hydrolases
Protein Structure, Quaternary
Peptide Catabolic Process
Lysyl aminopeptidase
Proteolytic Enzyme
Cleaved Cell
Archaeal Proteins

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