Summary: Biotin/lipoate A/B protein ligase family
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Cofactor transferase family Edit Wikipedia article
|Cofactor transferase domain|
The three-dimensional structure of BirA, the repressor of the Escherichia coli biotin biosynthetic operon.
|SCOPe||1bia / SUPFAM|
|Bacterial lipoate protein ligase C-terminus|
crystal structure of putative lipoate-protein ligase (np_345629.1) from streptococcus pneumoniae tigr4 at 1.99 a resolution
|Biotin protein ligase C terminal domain|
|SCOPe||1bia / SUPFAM|
In molecular biology, the Cofactor transferase family is a family of protein domains that includes biotin protein ligases, lipoate-protein ligases A, octanoyl-(acyl carrier protein):protein N-octanoyltransferases, and lipoyl-protein:protein N-lipoyltransferases. The metabolism of the cofactors Biotin and lipoic acid share this family. They also share the target modification domain (Pfam PF00364), and the sulfur insertion enzyme (Pfam PF04055).
Biotin protein ligase (BPL) is the enzyme responsible for attaching biotin to a specific lysine at the biotin carboxyl carrier protein. Each organism likely has only one BPL protein. Biotin attachment is a two step reaction that results in the formation of an amide linkage between the carboxyl group of biotin and the epsilon-amino group of the modified lysine. Biotin attachment is required for biotin biosynthesis and utilization of free biotin.
Lipoate-protein ligase catalyses the formation of an amide linkage between lipoic acid and a specific lysine residue of the lipoyl domain of lipoate dependent enzymes. They are required for the utilization of free lipoic acid.
Octanoyl-(acyl carrier protein):protein N-octanoyltransferases, or octanoyltransferases, are required for lipoic acid biosynthesis. They transfer octanoate from the acyl carrier protein (ACP), part of fatty acid biosynthesis, to the specific lysine residue of lipoyl domains. Two octanoyltransferase isozymes exist in this superfamily.
Lipoyl-protein:protein N-lipoyltransferases, or lipoylamidotransferases, are required for lipoic acid metabolism in some organisms. They transfer lipoic acid or octanoate from lipoyl domains and transfer to other lipoyl domains. In Bacillus subtilis, the transfer is from the glycine cleavage system H protein, GcvH, to other lipoyl domains. This is because the octanoyltransferase of B. subtilis is specific for GcvH.
Octanoyltransferases and lipoyl-amidotransferases are single domain enzymes. Characterized lipoate protein ligases require an additional accessory domain (Pfam PF10437) to adenylate the acyl substrate. Biotin protein ligases have an additional C-terminal domain which participates in biotin adenylation and dimerization. Biotin protein ligases may also have an additional N-terminal domain required for DNA binding, although this domain is not always present.
- Wilson KP, Shewchuk LM, Brennan RG, Otsuka AJ, Matthews BW (October 1992). "Escherichia coli biotin holoenzyme synthetase/bio repressor crystal structure delineates the biotin- and DNA-binding domains". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 89 (19): 9257â€“61. doi:10.1073/pnas.89.19.9257. PMC 50105. PMID 1409631.
- Reche PA (October 2000). "Lipoylating and biotinylating enzymes contain a homologous catalytic module". Protein Sci. 9 (10): 1922â€“9. doi:10.1110/ps.9.10.1922. PMC 2144473. PMID 11106165.
- Chapman-Smith A, Cronan JE (September 1999). "The enzymatic biotinylation of proteins: a post-translational modification of exceptional specificity". Trends Biochem. Sci. 24 (9): 359â€“63. doi:10.1016/s0968-0004(99)01438-3. PMID 10470036.
- Morris TW, Reed KE, Cronan JE (June 1994). "Identification of the gene encoding lipoate-protein ligase A of Escherichia coli. Molecular cloning and characterization of the lplA gene and gene product". J. Biol. Chem. 269 (23): 16091â€“100. PMID 8206909.
- Cronan JE, Zhao X, Jiang Y (2005). Function, attachment and synthesis of lipoic acid in Escherichia coli. Adv. Microb. Physiol. Advances in Microbial Physiology. 50. pp. 103â€“46. doi:10.1016/S0065-2911(05)50003-1. ISBN 9780120277506. PMID 16221579.
- Christensen QH, Cronan JE (2010). "Lipoic acid synthesis: a new family of octanoyltransferases generally annotated as lipoate protein ligases". Biochemistry. 49 (46): 10024â€“36. doi:10.1021/bi101215f. PMC 2982868. PMID 20882995.
- Christensen QH, Martin N, Mansilla MC, de Mendoza D, Cronan JE (2011). "A novel amidotransferase required for lipoic acid cofactor assembly in Bacillus subtilis". Mol. Microbiol. 80 (2): 350â€“63. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2958.2011.07598.x. PMC 3088481. PMID 21338421.
- Martin N, Christensen QH, Mansilla MC, Cronan JE, de Mendoza D (2011). "A novel two-gene requirement for the octanoyltransfer reaction of Bacillus subtilis lipoic acid biosynthesis". Mol. Microbiol. 80 (2): 335â€“49. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2958.2011.07597.x. PMC 3086205. PMID 21338420.
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Biotin/lipoate A/B protein ligase family Provide feedback
This family includes biotin protein ligase, lipoate-protein ligase A and B. Biotin is covalently attached at the active site of certain enzymes that transfer carbon dioxide from bicarbonate to organic acids to form cellular metabolites. Biotin protein ligase (BPL) is the enzyme responsible for attaching biotin to a specific lysine at the active site of biotin enzymes. Each organism probably has only one BPL. Biotin attachment is a two step reaction that results in the formation of an amide linkage between the carboxyl group of biotin and the epsilon-amino group of the modified lysine . Lipoate-protein ligase A (LPLA) catalyses the formation of an amide linkage between lipoic acid and a specific lysine residue in lipoate dependent enzymes . The unusual biosynthesis pathway of lipoic acid is mechanistically intertwined with attachment of the cofactor .
Wilson KP, Shewchuk LM, Brennan RG, Otsuka AJ, Matthews BW; , Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1992;89:9257-9261.: Escherichia coli biotin holoenzyme synthetase/bio repressor crystal structure delineates the biotin- and DNA-binding domains. PUBMED:1409631 EPMC:1409631
Chapman-Smith A, Cronan JE Jr; , Trends Biochem Sci 1999;24:359-363.: The enzymatic biotinylation of proteins: a post-translational modification of exceptional specificity. PUBMED:10470036 EPMC:10470036
Morris TW, Reed KE, Cronan JE Jr; , J Biol Chem 1994;269:16091-16100.: Identification of the gene encoding lipoate-protein ligase A of Escherichia coli. Molecular cloning and characterization of the lplA gene and gene product. PUBMED:8206909 EPMC:8206909
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InterPro entry IPR004143
Biotin and lipoic acid are the covalently bound cofactors of various multicomponent enzyme complexes that catalyze key metabolic reactions. In these enzymes complexes, biotin and lipoic acid are attached via amide linkage through their carboxyl group and the epsilon-amino group of a specific lysine residue of a protein module known respectively as the biotinyl and the lipoyl domain. Covalent attachment of biotin and lipoic acid to these enzyme complexes occurs post-translationally, and it is mediated by biotinylating and lipoylating protein enzymes, which specifically recognise the biotinyl and lipoyl domains, ensuring their correct post-translational modification. Lipoylating and biotinylating enzymes are evolutionarily related protein families containing a homologous catalytic module [ PUBMED:11106165 ].
Amino acid sequence conservation between the catalytic modules of biotinyl protein ligases (BPLs) and lipoyl protein ligases (LPLs) is very low, and mainly affects residues that are important for the scaffold of the structure, such as those contributing to the hydrophobic core. Despite the poor overall sequence similarity, a single lysine residue is strictly conserved in all LPL and BPL sequences. This lysine residue is likely to bind specifically to the carbonyl oxygen of the carboxyl group of biotin or at the end of the hydrogen- carbon tail of the lipoyl moiety [ PUBMED:11106165 ]. The BPL/LPL catalytic domain contains a seven-stranded mixed beta-sheet on one side and four alpha-helices on the other side [ PUBMED:16169557 ].
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|Biological process||cellular protein modification process (GO:0006464)|
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Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases are key components of the protein translation machinery that catalyse two basic reactions. First, the activation of amino acids via the formation of aminoacyl adenylates and second, linking the activated amino acid to the cognate tRNAs. The aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases generate AMP as the second end product of this reaction, which differentiates them from the majority of ATP-dependent enzymes that produce ADP. In addition, there is a specific aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases for each of the 20 amino acids and there are two structurally distinct classes of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, each encompassing 10 different specificities. The two classes have alternative modes of aminoacylation: class I aminoacylate the 2'OH of the cognate tRNA; class II aminoacylate 3'OH (with the exception of PheRS). Each class contain a conserved core domain that is involved in ATP binding and hydrolysis and combines with additional domains that determine the specificity of interactions with the cognate amino acid and tRNA. The class II core domain consist of a mixed-beta sheet, similar to that found in the biotin synthetases, hence why this family has also been included in this clan. The core domain contains three modestly conserved motifs that are responsible for ATP binding. The class II aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases can contain additional nested domains, found inserted in the loops of the core domain  (and reference therein).
The clan contains the following 11 members:AsnA BPL_LplA_LipB BPL_LplA_LipB_2 DUF366 tRNA-synt_2 tRNA-synt_2b tRNA-synt_2c tRNA-synt_2d tRNA-synt_2e tRNA-synt_His tRNA_synthFbeta
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|Author:||Bateman A , Reche P , Eberhardt R|
|Number in seed:||17|
|Number in full:||14673|
|Average length of the domain:||125.10 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||20 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||38.15 %|
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