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How fumarase recycles after the malate --> fumarate reaction. Insights into the reaction mechanism
Biochemistry. 1998 Dec 22;37(51) :17651-8
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Recycling of yeast fumarase to permit repetition of its reaction chemistry requires two proton transfers and two conformational changes, in pathways that are different in detail but thematically similar in the two directions. In the malate --> fumarate direction, simple anions such as acetate accelerate the fumarate-off step producing E(H(f)), a fumarate-specific isoform that retains the C3R-proton of malate. Fumarate specificity is shown with S-2,3-dicarboxyaziridine, which is competitive vs fumarate and noncompetitive with malate as substrate. The steady-state level of E(H(f)), based on Kii (S-2,3-dicarboxyaziridine), is increased by D2O and decreased by imidazole acting as a general acid for conversion of E(H(f)) to E(H(f))H. E(H(f))H is fumarate-specific as shown by the inhibition pattern with ClO4-. The pKa of this step is approximately 7.25 based on the pH dependence of Kii (ClO4-). A conformational change occurs next as shown by high sensitivity of k(cat) but not k(cat)/Km, to the microviscosogen, glycerol, and change to a nonspecific isoform, E(H(mf))H, probably the same species formed in the fumarate --> malate direction from malate-specific intermediates by a different conformational change. Malate enters the cycle by reaction with E(H(mf))H and returns to E(m)H x malate after a second conformational change. When fumarate-off is slow, as in low anion medium, malate itself becomes an activator of malate --> fumarate. This effect occurs with changes in inhibition patterns suggestive of the bypass of the slow E(f) --> E(mf) conversion in favor of direct formation of E(mf) when free fumarate is formed. 3-Nitro-2-hydroxypropionate, a strong inhibitor of fumarase [Porter, D. J. T., and Bright, H. J. (1980) J. Biol. Chem. 255, 4772-4780] in its carbanion form, is competitive with both malate and fumarate. Therefore, 3-nitro-2-hydroxypropionic acid interacts with E(H(mf))H and not with E(m) or E(f) isoforms. Occurrence of two different conformational changes in the recycling process suggests that the reaction chemistry employs a two-step mechanism. The specificity of inhibition for E(H(mf))H is consistent with the expected intermediate of a carbanion mechanism, E(H)H x carbanion-. The proton transfers and conformational changes of recycling occur in the same sequence that is expected for this reaction chemistry. Several examples of ligand-activated conformational changes are reported.
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