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Biochem J. 1990 Feb 15;266(1):47-53.

Theoretical approach to the steady-state kinetics of a bi-substrate acyl-transfer enzyme reaction that follows a hydrolysable-acyl-enzyme-based mechanism. Application to the study of lysophosphatidylcholine:lysophosphatidylcholine acyltransferase from rabbit lung.

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Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular I, Facultad de Química, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.


A kinetic model is proposed for catalysis by an enzyme that has several special characteristics: (i) it catalyses an acyl-transfer bi-substrate reaction between two identical molecules of substrate, (ii) the substrate is an amphiphilic molecule that can be present in two physical forms, namely monomers and micelles, and (iii) the reaction progresses through an acyl-enzyme-based mechanism and the covalent intermediate can react also with water to yield a secondary hydrolytic reaction. The theoretical kinetic equations for both reactions were deduced according to steady-state assumptions and the theoretical plots were predicted. The experimental kinetics of lysophosphatidylcholine:lysophosphatidylcholine acyltransferase from rabbit lung fitted the proposed equations with great accuracy. Also, kinetics of inhibition by products behaved as expected. It was concluded that the competition between two nucleophiles for the covalent acyl-enzyme intermediate, and not a different enzyme action depending on the physical state of the substrate, is responsible for the differences in kinetic pattern for the two activities of the enzyme. This conclusion, together with the fact that the kinetic equation for the transacylation is quadratic, generates a 'hysteretic' pattern that can provide the basis of self-regulatory properties for enzymes to which this model could be applied.

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