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The substrate reaction mechanism of class III anaerobic ribonucleotide reductase
2001 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1089-5647, Vol. 105, no 27, 6445-6452 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The substrate mechanism of class III anaerobic ribonucleotide reductase has been studied using quantum chemical methods. The study is based on the previously suggested mechanism for the aerobic class I enzyme, together with the recently determined X-ray structure of the anaerobic enzyme. The initial steps are similar in the mechanisms of these enzymes, but for the suggested rate-limiting steps there are key differences. In the class I enzyme, the 3 ' -keto group of the substrate is protonated in a step involving formation of a sulfur-sulfur bond between two cysteines, One of these cysteines is not present in the anaerobic enzyme. Instead, carbon dioxide is formed in this step from formate, which is present as a cofactor. In line with previous suggestions from experimental observations, the formate first forms a formyl radical. The next step, where the formyl radical protonates the 3 ' -keto group of the substrate, is suggested to be rate limiting with a calculated total barrier of 19.9 kcal/mol, in reasonable agreement with the experimental rate-limiting barrier of 17 kcal/mol. Zero-point and entropy effects are found to be quite significant in lowering the barrier. The mechanism for the entire cycle is discussed in relation to known experimental facts.

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2001. Vol. 105, no 27, 6445-6452 p.
Keyword [en]
pyruvate formate-lyase, iron-sulfur center, acid side-chains, escherichia-coli, proton-exchange, bacteriophage-t4, cysteines, radicals, energy, model
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20786ISI: 000169823800024OAI: diva2:339483
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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