Cross-talk between thiamin diphosphate binding and phosphorylation loop conformation in human branched-chain α-keto acid decarboxylase/ dehydrogenase

Jun Li, R. Max Wynn, Mischa Machius, Jacinta L. Chuang, Subramanian Karthikeyan, Diana R. Tomchick, David T. Chuang

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Abstract

The decarboxylase/dehydrogenase (E1b) component of the 4-megadalton human branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCKD) metabolic machine is a thiamin diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent enzyme with a heterotetrameric cofactor-binding fold. The E1b component catalyzes the decarboxylation of α-keto acids and the subsequent reductive acylation of the lipoic acid-bearing domain (LBD) from the 24-meric transacylase (E2b) core. In the present study, we show that the binding of cofactor ThDP to the E1b active site induces a disorder-to-order transition of the conserved phosphorylation loop carrying the two phosphorylation sites Ser292-α and Ser 302-α, as deduced from the 1.80-1.85 Å apoE1b and holoE1b structures. The induced loop conformation is essential for the recognition of lipoylated LBD to initiate E1b-catalyzed reductive acylation. Alterations of invariant Arg287-̊, Asp285-̊, Tyr 300-α, and Arg301-α that form a hydrogen-bonding network in the phosphorylation loop result in the disordering of the loop conformation as elucidated by limited proteolysis, accompanied by the impaired binding and diminished reductive acylation of lipoylated LBD. In contrast, kcat values for E1b-catalyzed decarboxylation of the α-keto acid are higher in these E1b mutants than in wild-type E1b, with higher Km values for the substrate in the mutants. ThDP binding that orders the loop prevents phosphorylation of E1b by the BCKD kinase and averts the inactivation of wild-type E1b, but not the above mutants, by this covalent modification. Our results establish that the cross-talk between the bound ThDP and the phosphorylation loop conformation serves as a feed-forward switch for multiple reaction steps in the BCKD metabolic machine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32968-32978
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume279
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 30 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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