2IUQ: Crystal Structure Of Dithionite-Reduced Aromatic Amine Dehydrogenase (Aadh) From Alcaligenes Faecalis In Complex With Tryptamine

The quinoprotein aromatic amine dehydrogenase (AADH) uses a covalently bound tryptophan tryptophylquinone (TTQ) cofactor to oxidatively deaminate primary aromatic amines. Recent crystal structures have provided insight into the reductive half-reaction. In contrast, no atomic details are available for the oxidative half-reaction. The TTQ O7 hydroxyl group is protonated during reduction, but it is unclear how this proton can be removed during the oxidative half-reaction. Furthermore, compared with the electron transfer from the N-quinol form, electron transfer from the non-physiological O-quinol form to azurin is significantly slower. Here we report crystal structures of the O-quinol, N-quinol, and N-semiquinone forms of AADH. A comparison of oxidized and substrate reduced AADH species reveals changes in the TTQ-containing subunit, extending from residues in the immediate vicinity of the N-quinol to the putative azurin docking site, suggesting a mechanism whereby TTQ redox state influences interprotein electron transfer. In contrast, chemical reduction of the TTQ center has no significant effect on protein conformation. Furthermore, structural reorganization upon substrate reduction places a water molecule near TTQ O7 where it can act as proton acceptor. The structure of the N-semiquinone, however, is essentially similar to oxidized AADH. Surprisingly, in the presence of substrate a covalent N-semiquinone substrate adduct is observed. To our knowledge this is the first detailed insight into a complex, branching mechanism of quinone oxidation where significant structural reorganization upon reduction of the quinone center directly influences formation of the electron transfer complex and nature of the electron transfer process.
PDB ID: 2IUQDownload
MMDB ID: 53550
PDB Deposition Date: 2006/6/7
Updated in MMDB: 2012/10
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 1.5  Å
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Biological Unit for 2IUQ: tetrameric; determined by author and by software (PQS)
Molecular Components in 2IUQ
Label Count Molecule
Proteins (4 molecules)
Aromatic Amine Dehydrogenase Alpha Subunit
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Aromatic Amine Dehydrogenase Beta Subunit
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (2 molecules)
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