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Eur J Biochem. 1998 Jul 1;255(1):24-36.

Rearrangement reactions in the biosynthesis of molybdopterin--an NMR study with multiply 13C/15N labelled precursors.

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  • 1Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Technische Universität München, Garching, Germany.

Abstract

The genes moaABC of Escherichia coli were ligated into the expression vector pNCO113. The resulting plasmid was transformed into a moeA mutant of E. coli. From cultures of the recombinant strain, a pteridine designated compound Z could be isolated at 5 mg/liter. Compound Z is a product of precursor Z, a biosynthetic precursor of molybdopterin. Cultures of the recombinant E. coli strain were supplied with [U-(13)C6]glucose, [U-(13)C5]ribulose 5-phosphate, or [7-(15)N,8-(13)C]guanine. The culture medium also contained a large excess of unlabeled glucose. Compound Z as well as nucleosides obtained by hydrolysis of RNA were isolated from the bacterial cultures, and their heavy isotope distribution was investigated by one-dimensional and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy. The labelling patterns of compound Z show that the carbon atoms of a pentose or pentulose are diverted to the ring atoms C6 and C7 and to the side chain atoms C2', C3' and C4' of compound Z. Carbon atom C1' of compound Z is derived from carbon atom C8 of a guanine derivative. The remodeling of the carbon skeleton of the pentose and purine moieties proceed via intramolecular rearrangement reactions.

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