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Biochem Med Metab Biol. 1992 Oct;48(2):149-58.

Biosynthesis and characterization of (S)-and (R)-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A.

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Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1153.


(S)-3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA), the physiologic substrate of HMG-CoA reductase and of HMG-CoA lyase, is available commercially only as (R,S)-HMG-CoA, a mixture of diastereomers. To provide (S)-HMG-CoA for our continuing investigation of HMG-CoA reductase, we used homogeneous, overexpressed Pseudomonas mevalonii HMG-CoA reductase (EC and an NAD(+)-regenerating system to convert (R)-mevalonate to (S)-HMG-CoA with an overall yield in excess of 50%. We also used P. mevalonii HMG-CoA lyase (EC to prepare (R)-HMG-CoA from (R,S)-HMG-CoA. Each diastereomer was then isolated by ion-exchange chromatography. Large-scale preparations provide for economical production of (S)-HMG-CoA, particularly when recovered coenzyme A is recycled. (S)-HMG-CoA was evaluated as a substrate, and (R)-HMG-CoA as an inhibitor, for the P. mevalonii enzymes HMG-CoA reductase and HMG-CoA lyase, and for Syrian hamster HMG-CoA reductase (EC For both HMG-CoA reductases, (R)-HMG-CoA inhibited competitively with respect to (S)-HMG-CoA. The ratio Ki/Km was 0.7 +/- 0.1 and 0.6 +/- 0.2 for the bacterial and hamster enzymes, respectively. By contrast, (R)-HMG-CoA did not inhibit P. mevalonii HMG-CoA lyase.

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