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Catalytic mechanism of pyruvate-formate lyase revisited
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry (closed 20110512).
KTH, Superseded Departments, Biotechnology.
2004 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 108, no 39, 15347-15354 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The catalytic mechanism of the glycyl-radical-containing enzyme pyruvate-formate lyase (PFL) is investigated using high-level quantum chemical methods. PFL catalyzes the reversible conversion of pyruvate and coenzyme A (CoA) into formate and acetylated CoA. Large models are employed, based on a recent X-ray crystal structure of PFL in complex with the pyruvate substrate. The rate-limiting step is shown to be the homolytic C1-C2 bond cleavage of pyruvate, which occurs after the attack of the Cys418 radical on the carbonyl carbon of pyruvate. For the acetylation of CoA, we propose a new mechanism, in which the released formyl radical anion abstracts a hydrogen atom directly from CoA. This way, the acetyl group transfer from Cys418 becomes facile. The full potential energy curve for the PFL reactions is presented.

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2004. Vol. 108, no 39, 15347-15354 p.
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density-functional thermochemistry, exchange, hypophosphite, cleavage
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-23753DOI: 10.1021/jp0478054ISI: 000224070200077ScopusID: 2-s2.0-6344286013OAI: diva2:342452
QC 20100525 QC 20110916Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2011-09-16Bibliographically approved

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