3H3X: Structure of the V74M large subunit mutant of NI-FE hydrogenase in an oxidized state

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Abstract
Hydrogenases catalyze the conversion between 2H(+) + 2e(-) and H(2)(1). Most of these enzymes are inhibited by O(2), which represents a major drawback for their use in biotechnological applications. Improving hydrogenase O(2) tolerance is therefore a major contemporary challenge to allow the implementation of a sustainable hydrogen economy. We succeeded in improving O(2) tolerance, which we define here as the ability of the enzyme to resist for several minutes to O(2) exposure, by substituting with methionines small hydrophobic residues strongly conserved in the gas channel. Remarkably, the mutated enzymes remained active in the presence of an O(2) concentration close to that found in aerobic solutions in equilibrium with air, while the wild type enzyme is inhibited in a few seconds. Crystallographic and spectroscopic studies showed that the structure and the chemistry at the active site are not affected by the mutations. Kinetic studies demonstrated that the inactivation is slower and reactivation faster in these mutants. We propose that in addition to restricting O(2) diffusion to the active site of the enzyme, methionine may also interact with bound peroxide and provide an assisted escape route for H(2)O(2) toward the gas channel. These results show for the first time that it is possible to improve O(2)-tolerance of [NiFe] hydrogenases, making possible the development of biohydrogen production systems.
PDB ID: 3H3XDownload
MMDB ID: 75469
PDB Deposition Date: 2009/4/17
Updated in MMDB: 2012/10
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 2.7  Å
Source Organism:
Similar Structures:
Biological Unit for 3H3X: dimeric; determined by author and by software (PISA)
Molecular Components in 3H3X
Label Count Molecule
Proteins (2 molecules)
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Periplasmic [nife] Hydrogenase Small Subunit
Molecule annotation
1
Periplasmic [nife] Hydrogenase Large Subunit
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (9 molecules)
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