4XE3: OleP, the cytochrome P450 epoxidase from Streptomyces antibioticus involved in Oleandomycin biosynthesis: functional analysis and crystallographic structure in complex with clotrimazole

BACKGROUND: OleP is a cyt P450 from Streptomyces antibioticus carrying out epoxigenation of the antibiotic oleandomycin during its biosynthesis. The timing of its reaction has not been fully clarified, doubts remain regarding its substrate and catalytic mechanism. METHODS: The crystal structure of OleP in complex with clotrimazole, an inhibitor of P450s used in therapy, was solved and the complex formation dynamics was characterized by equilibrium and kinetic binding studies and compared to ketoconazole, another azole differing for the N1-substituent. RESULTS: Clotrimazole coordinates the heme and occupies the active site. Most of the residues interacting with clotrimazole are conserved and involved in substrate binding in MycG, the P450 epoxigenase with the highest homology with OleP. Kinetic characterization of inhibitor binding revealed OleP to follow a simple bimolecular reaction, without detectable intermediates. CONCLUSIONS: Clotrimazole-bound OleP adopts an open form, held by a pi-pi stacking chain that fastens helices F and G and the FG loop. Affinity is affected by the interactions of the N1 substituent within the active site, given the one order of magnitude difference of the off-rate constants between clotrimazole and ketoconazole. Based on structural similarities with MycG, we propose a binding mode for both oleandomycin intermediates, that are the candidate substrates of OleP. GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE: Among P450 epoxigenases OleP is the only one that introduces an epoxide on a non-activated C-C bond. The data here presented are necessary to understand the rare chemistry carried out by OleP, to engineer it and to design more selective and potent P450-targeted drugs.
PDB ID: 4XE3Download
MMDB ID: 133861
PDB Deposition Date: 2014/12/22
Updated in MMDB: 2017/11
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 2.65  Å
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Biological Unit for 4XE3: monomeric; determined by author
Molecular Components in 4XE3
Label Count Molecule
Protein (1 molecule)
Cytochrome P-450
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (11 molecules)
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