Molecular Tunnels in Enzymes and Thermophily: A Case Study on the Relationship to Growth Temperature
AbstractDevelopments in protein expression, analysis and computational capabilities are decisively contributing to a better understanding of the structure of proteins and their relationship to function. Proteins are known to be adapted to the growth rate of microorganisms and some microorganisms (named (hyper)thermophiles) thrive optimally at high temperatures, even above 100 °C. Nevertheless, some biomolecules show great instability at high temperatures and some of them are universal and required substrates and cofactors in multiple enzymatic reactions for all (both mesophiles and thermophiles) living cells. Only a few possibilities have been pointed out to explain the mechanisms that thermophiles use to successfully thrive under high temperatures. As one of these alternatives, the role of molecular tunnels or channels in enzymes has been suggested but remains to be elucidated. This study presents an analysis of channels in proteins (i.e., substrate tunnels), comparing two different protein types, glutamate dehydrogenase and glutamine phosphoribosylpyrophosphate amidotransferase, which are supposed to present a different strategy on the requirement for substrate tunnels with low and high needs for tunneling, respectively. The search and comparison of molecular tunnels in these proteins from microorganisms thriving optimally from 15 °C to 100 °C suggested that those tunnels in (hyper)thermophiles are required and optimized to specific dimensions at high temperatures for the enzyme glutamine phosphoribosylpyrophosphate amidotransferase. For the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase, a reduction of empty spaces within the protein could explain the optimization at increasing temperatures. This analysis provides further evidence on molecular channeling as a feasible mechanism in hyperthermophiles with multiple relevant consequences contributing to better understand how they live under those extreme conditions. View Full-Text
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Gonzalez, J.M. Molecular Tunnels in Enzymes and Thermophily: A Case Study on the Relationship to Growth Temperature. Microorganisms 2018, 6, 109.
Gonzalez JM. Molecular Tunnels in Enzymes and Thermophily: A Case Study on the Relationship to Growth Temperature. Microorganisms. 2018; 6(4):109.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gonzalez, Juan M. 2018. "Molecular Tunnels in Enzymes and Thermophily: A Case Study on the Relationship to Growth Temperature." Microorganisms 6, no. 4: 109.
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