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J Biomol Struct Dyn. 2010 Feb;27(4):501-10.

Docking simulation and competitive experiments validate the interaction between the 2,5-xylidine inhibitor and Rigidoporus lignosus laccase.

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Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Universitá degli Studi di Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, Ed. 2 Citá Universitaria, I-95125 Catania, Italy.


Laccases are polyphenol oxidases which oxidize a broad range of reducing substrates, preferably phenolic compounds, and their use in biotechnological applications is increasing. Recently, the first X-ray structure of active laccase from white rot fungus Rigidoporus lignosus has been reported containing a full complement of copper ions. Comparison among selected fungal laccases of known 3D structure has shown that the Rigidoporus lignosus laccase has a very high similarity with the Trametes versicolor laccase that, being co-crystallized with 2,5-xylidine, shows a well defined binding pocket for the substrate. Global sequence alignment between Rigidoporus lignosus and Trametes versicolor laccases shows 73% of identity but, surprisingly, there is no identity and neither conservative substitutions between the residues composing the loops directly contacting the 2,5-xylidine. Moreover the structural alignment of these two enzymes identifies in these loops a striking structural similarity proposing the question if 2,5- xylidine may bind in same enzyme pocket. Here we report the protein-ligand docking simulation of 3D structure of Rigidoporus -lignosus laccase and 2,5-xylidine. Docking simulation analyses show that spatial conformation of the two 2,5-xylidine binding pockets, despite differences in the residues directly contacting the ligand, may arrange a similar pocket that allows a comparable accommodation of the inhibitor. To validate these results the binding of 2,5-xylidine in the substrate cavity has been confirmed by kinetic competitive experiments.

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