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J Am Chem Soc. 2002 Mar 20;124(11):2461-5.

High-resolution X-ray structure of an acyl-enzyme species for the class D OXA-10 beta-lactamase.

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Groupe de Cristallographie Biologique, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale du CNRS, 205 route de Narbonne, 31077-Toulouse Cedex, France.


Beta-lactamases are resistance enzymes for beta-lactam antibiotics. These enzymes hydrolyze the beta-lactam moieties of these antibiotics, rendering them inactive. Of the four classes of known beta-lactamases, the enzymes of class D are the least understood. We report herein the high-resolution (1.9 A) crystal structure of the class D OXA-10 beta-lactamase inhibited by a penicillanate derivative. The structure provides evidence that the carboxylated Lys-70 (a carbamate) is intimately involved in the mechanism of the enzyme.

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