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Family: CM_1 (PF07736)

Summary: Chorismate mutase type I

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chorismate mutase
Chorismate Mutase Scheme.png
Reaction catalyzed by chorismate mutase
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CAS number 9068-30-8
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In enzymology, a chorismate mutase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction for the conversion of chorismate to prephenate in the pathway to the production of phenylalanine and tyrosine, also known as the shikimate pathway.

Hence, this enzyme has one substrate, chorismate, and one product, prephenate. Chorismate mutase is found at a branch point in the pathway. The enzyme channels the substrate, chorismate to the biosynthesis of tyrosine and phenylalanine and away from tryptophan.[1] Its role in maintaining the balance of these aromatic amino acids in the cell is vital.[2] This is the single known example of a naturally occurring enzyme catalyzing a pericyclic reaction.[2][nb 1] Chorismate mutase(CM) is only found in fungi, bacteria, and higher plants. This protein may use the morpheein model of allosteric regulation.[4]

Protein family

chorismate mutase
Chorismate mutase. Rendered from PDB 2CHS.

This enzyme belongs to the family of isomerases, specifically those intramolecular transferases transferring other groups. The systematic name of this enzyme class is chorismate pyruvatemutase. This enzyme is also called hydroxyphenylpyruvate synthase. This enzyme participates in phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan biosynthesis. The structures of chorismate mutase vary in different organisms, but the majority belongs to the AroQ family. The chorismate mutase of this family look most like that of Escherichia coli. That is, they are characterized by an intertwined homodimer of 3-helical subunits. For example, the secondary structure of the CM of yeast is very similar to that of E. coli. Chorimate mutase in the AroQ family are more common in nature and are widely distributed among the prokaryotes.[1] For optimal function, they usually have to be accompanied by another enzyme such as prephanate dehydrogenase.[1] These CM are usually bifunctional enzymes meaning they contain two catalytic capacities in the same polypeptide chain.[1] The CM of eukaryotic organisms are usually monofunctional and are controlled by the aromatic amino acids. There are organisms such as Bacillus subtilis whose chorismate mutase have a completely different structure. These enzymes belong to the AroH family and are characterized by a trimeric α/β barrel topology.[5] CM of this class are monofunctional, containing a single catalytic capacity.

E. coli and Yeast chorismate mutase have a limited sequence homology, but their active sites contain similar residues. The active site of the Yeast chorismate mutase contains Arg16, Arg157, Thr242, Glu246, Glu198, Asn194, and Lys168. The E. coli active site contains the same residues with the exception of these noted exchanges: Asp48 for Asn194, Gln88 for Glu248, and Ser84 for Thr242.[6]

Mechanism of catalysis

The mechanism for the transformation of chorismate to prephenate is formally a Claisen rearrangement. This transformation is the first committed step in the pathway to production of the aromatic amino acids: tyrosine and phenylalanine. In the absence of enzyme catalysis this mechanism proceeds as a concerted, but asynchronous step and is an exergonic process.[2] As a result, there is no formal intermediate, but rather a chair-like transition state. The addition of chorismate mutase, increases the rate of the reaction a million fold. There have been extensive studies on the exact mechanism of this reaction, but the rate-determining step has yet to be uncovered. Some questions that remain surrounding the mechanism are how conformational constraint of the flexible substrate, specific hydrogen bonding to the transition state, and electrostatic interactions actually contribute to catalysis. One study using CM from B. subtilis showed evidence that when a cation was aptly placed in the active site, the electrostatic interactions between it and the negatively charged transition state promoted catalysis.[2]


  1. ^ Dimethylallyltryptophan synthase has been proposed to catalyze a Cope rearrangement, but this has yet to be proven definitively[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Qamra R, Prakash P, Aruna B, Hasnain SE, Mande SC (June 2006). "The 2.15 A crystal structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis chorismate mutase reveals an unexpected gene duplication and suggests a role in host-pathogen interactions". Biochemistry. 45 (23): 6997–7005. doi:10.1021/bi0606445. PMID 16752890. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kast P, Grisostomi C, Chen IA, Li S, Krengel U, Xue Y, Hilvert D (November 2000). "A strategically positioned cation is crucial for efficient catalysis by chorismate mutase". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 275 (47): 36832–8. doi:10.1074/jbc.M006351200. PMID 10960481. 
  3. ^ Luk LY, Qian Q, Tanner ME (August 2011). "A cope rearrangement in the reaction catalyzed by dimethylallyltryptophan synthase?". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 133 (32): 12342–5. doi:10.1021/ja2034969. PMID 21766851. 
  4. ^ Selwood T & Jaffe EK (March 2012). "Dynamic dissociating homo-oligomers and the control of protein function". Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 519 (2): 131–43. doi:10.1016/ PMC 3298769Freely accessible. PMID 22182754. 
  5. ^ Babu M (1999). "Annotation of Chorismate Mutase from the Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the Mycobacterium leprae genome" (PDF). Undergraduate Thesis for the Center of Biotechnology. 
  6. ^ Guo H, Cui Q, Lipscomb WN, Karplus M (July 2001). "Substrate conformational transitions in the active site of chorismate mutase: their role in the catalytic mechanism". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 98 (16): 9032–7. doi:10.1073/pnas.141230998. PMC 55368Freely accessible. PMID 11481470. 

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Chorismate mutase EC: catalyses the conversion of chorismate to prephenate in the pathway of tyrosine and phenylalanine biosynthesis. This enzyme is negatively regulated by tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine [2,3].

Literature references

  1. Chook YM, Ke H, Lipscomb WN; , Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1993;90:8600-8603.: Crystal structures of the monofunctional chorismate mutase from Bacillus subtilis and its complex with a transition state analog. PUBMED:8378335 EPMC:8378335

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InterPro entry IPR008243

Chorismate mutase (CM; EC) catalyses the reaction at the branch point of the biosynthetic pathway leading to the three aromatic amino acids, phenylalanine, tryptophan and tyrosine (chorismic acid is the last common intermediate, and CM leads to the L-phenylalanine/L-tyrosine branch). It is part of the shikimate pathway, which is present only in bacteria, fungi and plants.

This entry represents a family of monofunctional (non-fused) chorismate mutases from Gram-positive bacteria (Firmicutes) and cyanobacteria. Trusted members of the family are found in operons with other enzymes of the chorismate pathways, both up- and downstream of CM (Listeria, Bacillus, Oceanobacillus) or are the sole CM in the genome where the other members of the chorismate pathways are found elsewhere in the genome (Nostoc, Thermosynechococcus). They are monofunctional, homotrimeric, nonallosteric enzymes and are not regulated by the end-product aromatic amino acids.

The three types of CM are AroQ class, prokaryotic type; AroQ class, eukaryotic type; and AroH class. They fall into two structural folds (AroQ class and AroH class) which are completely unrelated [PUBMED:11528003]. The two types of the AroQ structural class (the Escherichia coli CM dimer and the yeast CM monomer) can be structurally superimposed, and the topology of the four-helix bundle forming the active site is conserved [PUBMED:11528003].

For additional information please see [PUBMED:8046752, PUBMED:8061004, PUBMED:2105742, PUBMED:8378335, PUBMED:10818343, PUBMED:11450855, PUBMED:9383421].

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This family is a member of clan YjgF-like (CL0534), which has the following description:

This superfamily is characterised by proteins that form trimers with three closely packed beta-sheets. Some member proteins are chorismate mutases, others are endoribonucleases active on single-stranded mRNA. It is the highly conserved YjgF/YER057c/UK114 protein superfamily. Homologues of this protein occur in eubacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. Proteins are functionally diverse and are involved in a variety of enzymatic and non-enzymatic functions. The high sequence and structural similarity between members of this protein superfamily offer an example of minimalistic changes leading to functional diversification. This feature is best exemplified by the three close homologues of YjgF proteins in mammals (human, rat, and goat) with sequence identity better than 85%. These homologues perform different functions, including tumour antigen activity in the goat homologue, translation inhibition in the human and rat homologues (hp14.5 and rp14.5), endoribonuclease activity in rp14.5, calpain activation in the bovine homologue, molecular chaperone activity in DUK114, and involvement in the regulation of purine and removal of toxic metabolites in YjgF7, and involvement in isoleucine biosynthetic pathways (YjgF, YER057c, Ibm1). In addition, members of this protein family have also been shown to regulate mitochondrial maintenance (Ibm1) in yeast. Proteins from the YjgF family in plants are involved in photosynthesis and chromoplastogenesis (CHRD).

The clan contains the following 3 members:

CM_1 Ribonuc_L-PSP YjgF_endoribonc


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Seed source: Bateman A
Previous IDs: none
Type: Domain
Author: Bateman A, Griffiths-Jones SR
Number in seed: 170
Number in full: 364
Average length of the domain: 115.00 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 43 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 90.19 %

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