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Title: The structure of the Caenorhabditis elegans manganese superoxide dismutase MnSOD-3-azide complex

C. elegans MnSOD-3 has been implicated in the longevity pathway and its mechanism of catalysis is relevant to the aging process and carcinogenesis. The structures of MnSOD-3 provide unique crystallographic evidence of a dynamic region of the tetrameric interface (residues 41–54). We have determined the structure of the MnSOD-3-azide complex to 1.77-Å resolution. The analysis of this complex shows that the substrate analog, azide, binds end-on to the manganese center as a sixth ligand and that it ligates directly to a third and new solvent molecule also positioned within interacting distance to the His30 and Tyr34 residues of the substrate access funnel. This is the first structure of a eukaryotic MnSOD-azide complex that demonstrates the extended, uninterrupted hydrogen-bonded network that forms a proton relay incorporating three outer sphere solvent molecules, the substrate analog, the gateway residues, Gln142, and the solvent ligand. This configuration supports the formation and release of the hydrogen peroxide product in agreement with the 5-6-5 catalytic mechanism for MnSOD. The high product dissociation constant k₄ of MnSOD-3 reflects low product inhibition making this enzyme efficient even at high levels of superoxide.
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  1. Univ. of Malta (Malta)
  2. Univ. of Leeds, Leeds (United Kingdom)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0961-8368; R&D Project: CO-004; KC0304030
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Protein Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Protein Science; Journal ID: ISSN 0961-8368
The Protein Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Laser Electron Accelerator Facility (LEAF).
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY Laser Electron Accelerator Facility (LEAF); superoxide dismutase; conformational variation; MnSOD-3-azide complex; catalytic mechanism; product inhibition