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Structure-function studies of the mammalian peroxisomal multifunctional enzyme type 2 (MFE-2)

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Author: Haapalainen, Antti1,2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Biocenter Oulu
2University of Oulu, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry
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Language: English
Published: 2002
Publish Date: 2002-11-08
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic Dissertation to be presented with the assent of the Faculty of Science, University of Oulu, for public discussion in Raahensali (Auditorium L10), Linnanmaa, on November 8th, 2002, at 2 p.m.
Reviewer: Docent Sarah Butcher
Docent Matti Poutanen


Mammalian peroxisomes contain two parallel multifunctional enzymes (MFE), MFE type 1 and MFE type 2 (MFE-2), which are responsible for the degradation of fatty acids. They both catalyze the second and third reactions of the β-oxidation pathway, but through reciprocal stereochemical courses. MFE-2 possesses (2E)-enoyl-CoA hydratase-2 and (3R)-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase activities. In addition, the carboxy-terminal part is similar to the sterol carrier protein type 2 (SCP-2).

The purpose of this work was to study the structure-function relationship of functional domains of mammalian MFE-2 by recombinant DNA technology, enzyme kinetics and X-ray crystallography. The work started with the identification of conserved regions in MFE-2. This information was utilized when dehydrogenase, hydratase-2 and/or SCP-2-like domain were produced as separate recombinant proteins. Subsequently, both dehydrogenase and SCP-2-like domains were crystallized and their crystal structures were solved.

The structure of the dehydrogenase region of rat MFE-2 contains the basic α/β short-chain alcohol dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) fold and the four-helix bundle at the dimer interface, which is typical of dimeric SDR enzymes. However, the structure has a novel carboxy-terminal domain not seen among the known structures. This domain lines the active site cavity of the neighbouring monomer, reflecting cooperative behaviour within a homodimer.

The monomeric SCP-2-like domain of human MFE-2 has the same fold as rabbit SCP-2. The structure includes a hydrophobic tunnel occupied by an ordered Triton X-100 molecule, demonstrating the ligand-binding site. Compared to the unliganded rabbit SCP-2 structure, the position of the carboxy-terminal helix is different. The movement of this helix in the liganded human SCP-2-like domain resulted in the exposure of a peroxisomal targeting signal, suggesting ligand-assisted protein import into peroxisomes.

The roles of conserved protic residues in the hydratase-2 region of human MFE-2 were studied by mutating them to alanine. In the first step, the ability of mutated variants to utilize oleic acid in vivo was tested with Saccharomyces cerevisiae fox-2 cells (devoid of endogenous MFE-2). Subsequently, in vitro characterization of the mutant enzymes revealed two amino acid residues, Glu366 and Asp510, vital for hydratase-2 activity. The results indicate that the acid-base catalysis is valid for hydratase-2.

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Series: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. A, Scientiae rerum naturalium
ISSN-E: 1796-220X
ISBN: 951-42-6838-5
ISBN Print: 951-42-6837-7
Issue: 389
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