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Substrate specificity of platypus venom L-to-D-peptide isomerase


Bansal, PS and Torres, AM and Crossett, B and Wong, KYY and Koh, JMS and Geraghty, DP and Vandenberg, JI and Kuchel, PW, Substrate specificity of platypus venom L-to-D-peptide isomerase, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 283, (14) pp. 8969-8975. ISSN 0021-9258 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1074/jbc.M709762200


The L-to-D-peptide isomerase from the venom of the platypus (Ornithorhyncus anatinus) is the first such enzyme to be reported for a mammal. In the process of delineating its catalytic mechanism and broader roles in the animal, its substrate specificity was explored. We used substrate segments from the N-terminus of the natriuretic peptide (OvCNP) and defensin-like peptides-2 and -4 (DLP-2 and DLP-4) from the venom. Synthetic hexapeptides containing the first three amino acid residues (IMF) of DLP-4 and DLP-2 were linked to the tripeptide srs (lower case letters denote the corresponding D-amino acid), to increase peptide stability and water solubility. The DLP analogues IMFsrs and ImFsrs were found to be effective substrates for the isomerase. Mutants of these hexapeptides were synthesized with the second amino acid replaced, respectively, by the L- and D-forms of Abu, Ala, His, Ile, Leu, Lys, Nle, Phe, Trp, Tyr, and Val. The relative rates of peptide isomerization were measured by using partially purified isomerase extracted from venom glands and separating the reactants with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The isomerase was active with the mutants that contained L- or D-forms of Phe or Nle residues at the second position; but the amino acids that contained shorter, bta-branched- or long side-chains with terminal polar groups, viz., Ala, Abu, Ile, Leu, Val, Lys and Tyr respectively, were not substrates. For each of these non-substrates, newly formed peptides that eluted from HPLC earlier than the substrate were isolated and were deduced to have been formed through the loss of N-terminal Ile in each case. None of the hexapeptides based on LLH, the first three amino acid residues of OvCNPalpha were substrates, but when LLH was attached to full-length OvCNP it became a substrate for the isomerase; thus modulation of the substrate specificity is brought about by other sections of the longer peptide. Based on the action of the isomerase with the various substrates a model of the ‘van der Waals outline’ of the active site is proposed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical biochemistry and metabolomics
Research Field:Medical biochemistry - proteins and peptides (incl. medical proteomics)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Geraghty, DP (Professor Dominic Geraghty)
ID Code:49614
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2008-06-02
Last Modified:2009-06-01
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