1RWB: Cooperative Effect of Two Surface Amino Acid Mutations (Q252l and E170k) of Glucose Dehydrogenase From Bacillus Megaterium Iwg3 for the Stabilization of Oligomeric State

A thermostable glucose dehydrogenase (GlcDH) mutant of Bacillus megaterium IWG3 harboring the Q252L substitution (Y. Makino, S. Negoro, I. Urabe, and H. Okada, J. Biol. Chem. 264:6381-6385, 1989) is stable at pH values above 9, but only in the presence of 2 M NaCl. Another GlcDH mutant exhibiting increased stability at an alkaline pH in the absence of NaCl has been isolated previously (S.-H. Baik, T. Ide, H. Yoshida, O. Kagami, and S. Harayama, Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 61:329-335, 2003). This mutant had two amino acid substitutions, Q252L and E170K. In the present study, we characterized three GlcDH mutants harboring the substitutions Q252L, E170K, and Q252L/E170K under low-salt conditions. The GlcDH mutant harboring two substitutions, Q252L/E170K, was stable, but mutants harboring a single substitution, either Q252L or E170K, were unstable at an alkaline pH. Gel filtration chromatography analyses demonstrated that the oligomeric state of the Q252/E170K enzyme was stable, while the tetramers of the enzymes harboring a single substitution (Q252L or E170K) dissociated into dimers at an alkaline pH. These results indicated that the Q252L and E170K substitutions synergistically strengthened the interaction at the dimer-dimer interface. The crystal structure of the E170K/Q252L mutant, determined at 2.0-angstroms resolution, showed that residues 170 and 252 are located in a hydrophobic cavity at the subunit-subunit interface. We concluded that these residues in the wild-type enzyme have thermodynamically unfavorable effects, while the Q252L and E170K substitutions increase the subunit-subunit interactions by stabilizing the hydrophobic cavity.
PDB ID: 1RWBDownload
MMDB ID: 25832
PDB Deposition Date: 2003/12/16
Updated in MMDB: 2007/10 
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 2  Å
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Similar Structures:
Biological Unit for 1RWB: tetrameric; determined by author and by software (PQS)
Molecular Components in 1RWB
Label Count Molecule
Proteins (4 molecules)
Glucose 1-dehydrogenase
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (4 molecules)
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