2V1M: Crystal Structure Of Schistosoma Mansoni Glutathione Peroxidase

Oxidative stress is a widespread challenge for living organisms, and especially so for parasitic ones, given the fact that their hosts can produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) as a mechanism of defense. Thus, long lived parasites, such as the flatworm Schistosomes, have evolved refined enzymatic systems capable of detoxifying ROS. Among these, glutathione peroxidases (Gpx) are a family of sulfur or selenium-dependent isozymes sharing the ability to reduce peroxides using the reducing equivalents provided by glutathione or possibly small proteins such as thioredoxin. As for other frontline antioxidant enzymatic systems, Gpxs are localized in the tegument of the Schistosomes, the outermost defense layer. In this article, we present the first crystal structure at 1.0 and 1.7 A resolution of two recombinant SmGpxs, carrying the active site mutations Sec43Cys and Sec43Ser, respectively. The structures confirm that this enzyme belongs to the monomeric class 4 (phospholipid hydroperoxide) Gpx. In the case of the Sec to Cys mutant, the catalytic Cys residue is oxidized to sulfonic acid. By combining static crystallography with molecular dynamics simulations, we obtained insight into the substrate binding sites and the conformational changes relevant to catalysis, proposing a role for the unusual reactivity of the catalytic residue.
PDB ID: 2V1MDownload
MMDB ID: 76538
PDB Deposition Date: 2008/9/16
Updated in MMDB: 2009/09
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 1  Å
Source Organism:
Similar Structures:
Biological Unit for 2V1M: monomeric; determined by author and by software (PISA)
Molecular Components in 2V1M
Label Count Molecule
Protein (1 molecule)
Glutathione Peroxidase(Gene symbol: Smp_058690)
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (4 molecules)
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