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Title: Cyclophilin A catalyzes proline isomerization by an electrostatic handle mechanism

Proline isomerization is a ubiquitous process that plays a key role in the folding of proteins and in the regulation of their functions1-3. Different families of enzymes, known as peptidyl-prolyl isomerases (PPIases), catalyse this reaction, which involves the interconversion between the cis and trans isomers of the Nterminal amide bond of the amino acid proline2,3. A complete description of the mechanisms by which these enzymes function, however, has remained elusive. Here, we show that cyclophilin A, one of the most common PPIases4, provides a catalytic environment that acts on the substrate through an electrostatic lever mechanism. In this mechanism, the electrostatic field in the catalytic site turns the electric dipole associated with the carboxylic group of the amino acid preceding the proline in the substrate, thus causing the rotation of the peptide bond between the two residues. This mechanism resulted from the analysis of an ensemble of conformations populated by cyclophilin A during the enzymatic reaction using a combination of NMR measurements, molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory calculations. We anticipate that this approach will be helpful in elucidating whether the electrostatic lever mechanism that we describe is common to other PPIases, and more generally to characterise other enzymaticmore » processes.« less
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46898; 47443; KP1704020
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(28):10203-10208
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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Country of Publication:
United States
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory