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Theoretical Investigation of the First-Shell Mechanism of Nitrile Hydratase
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry.
Department of Applied Chemistry, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University.
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry.
2007 (English)In: Inorganic Chemistry, ISSN 0020-1669, E-ISSN 1520-510X, Vol. 46, no 12, 4850-4856 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The first-shell mechanism of nitrile hydratase (NHase) is investigated theoretically using density functional theory. NHases catalyze the conversion of nitriles to amides and are classified into two groups, the non-heme Fe(III) NHases and the non-corrinoid Co(III) NHases. The active site of the non-heme iron NHase comprises a low-spin iron (S = (1)/(2)) with a remarkable set of ligands, including two deprotonated backbone nitrogens and both cysteine-sulfenic and cysteine-sulfinic acids. A widely proposed reaction mechanism of NHase is the first-shell mechanism in which the nitrile substrate binds directly to the low-spin iron in the sixth coordination site. We have used quantum chemical models of the NHase active site to investigate this mechanism. We present potential energy profiles for the reaction and provide characterization of the intermediates and transition-state structures for the NHase-mediated conversion of acetonitrile. The results indicate that the first-shell ligand Cys114-SO- could be a possible base in the nitrile hydration mechanism, abstracting a proton from the nucleophilic water molecule. The generally suggested role of the Fe(III) center as a Lewis acid, activating the substrate toward nucleophilic attack, is shown to be unlikely. Instead, the metal is suggested to provide electrostatic stabilization to the anionic imidate intermediate, thereby lowering the reaction barrier.

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2007. Vol. 46, no 12, 4850-4856 p.
Keyword [en]
DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THERMOCHEMISTRY; TRANSFORM INFRARED-SPECTROSCOPY; NONHEME IRON CENTER; ACTIVE-SITE; ELECTRONIC-STRUCTURE; CRYSTAL-STRUCTURE; COMPUTATIONAL DESCRIPTION; MOLECULAR-ENERGIES; CARBOXAMIDO-N; MODEL
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Chemical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8108DOI: 10.1021/ic061894cISI: 000246907800020Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34347209911OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8108DiVA: diva2:13339
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QC 20100811Available from: 2008-03-18 Created: 2008-03-18 Last updated: 2010-08-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Nitrile Hydratases and Epoxide-Transforming Enzymes: Quantum Chemical Modeling of Reaction Mechanisms and Selectivities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nitrile Hydratases and Epoxide-Transforming Enzymes: Quantum Chemical Modeling of Reaction Mechanisms and Selectivities
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Quantum chemical studies of enzymatic reactions are able to provide detailed insight into mechanisms and catalytic strategies. The energetic feasibility of proposed mechanisms can be established, and new possible reaction pathways can be put forward. The role of the involved active site residues can be analyzed in detail and the origins for experimentally observed selectivities can be investigated. Density functional theory (DFT), in particular the hybrid functional B3LYP, is the method of choice in this kind of studies.

In this thesis, the reaction mechanisms of several enzymes have been explored using the B3LYP functional. The studied enzymes include limonene epoxide hydrolase (LEH), soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH), haloalcohol dehalogenase (HheC), and nitrile hydratase (NHase). Transition states and intermediates along various reaction pathways were optimized and evaluated.

For the three epoxide-transforming enzymes, the role of the proposed catalytic residues could be confirmed. Analysis of in silico mutations helped to quantify the effect of various functional groups on the barriers and regioselectivities of epoxide opening. A detailed analysis of the factors governing the enzymatic regioselectivities is given.

For nitrile hydratase, various putative first- and second-shell mechanisms have been studied. Active site models based on both the Co(III)-NHase and the Fe(III)-NHase were employed. The studied mechanisms include general base-catalyzed reaction pathways with water as nucleophile as well as two pathways involving cysteine-sulfenate as nucleophile. Several computed mechanisms exhibit similar barriers, making it difficult to pinpoint the true NHase mechanism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2008. x, 74 p.
Series
Trita-BIO-Report, ISSN 1654-2312 ; 2008:1
National Category
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4668 (URN)978-91-7178-885-6 (ISBN)
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2008-04-04, FB52, AlbaNova, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 10:30
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QC 20100811Available from: 2008-03-18 Created: 2008-03-18 Last updated: 2010-08-11Bibliographically approved

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