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1NXU: Crystal Structure Of E. Coli Hypothetical Oxidoreductase Yiak Northeast Structural Genomics Consortium Target Er82
A novel NAD-binding protein revealed by the crystal structure of 2,3-diketo-L-gulonate reductase (YiaK)
J. Biol. Chem. (2004) 279 p.13148-13155
Escherichia coli YiaK catalyzes the reduction of 2,3-diketo-L-gulonate in the presence of NADH. It belongs to a large family of oxidoreductases that is conserved in archaea, bacteria, and eukaryotes but shows no sequence homology to other proteins. We report here the crystal structures at up to 2.0-A resolution of YiaK alone and in complex with NAD-tartrate. YiaK has a new polypeptide backbone fold and a novel mode of recognizing the NAD cofactor. In addition, NAD is bound in an unusual conformation, at the interface of a dimer of the enzyme. The crystallographic analysis unexpectedly revealed the binding of tartrate in the active site. Enzyme kinetics studies confirm that tartrate and the related D-malate are inhibitors of YiaK. In contrast to most other enzymes where substrate binding produces a more closed conformation, the binding of NAD-tartrate to YiaK produces a more open active site. The free enzyme conformation is incompatible with NAD binding. His(44) is likely the catalytic residue of the enzyme.