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Research article2009Peer reviewed

Mechanistic Investigations of Anaerobic Sulfatase-Maturating Enzyme: Direct C-beta H-Atom Abstraction Catalyzed by a Radical AdoMet Enzyme

Benjdia, Alhosna; Leprince, Jerome; Sandstrom, Corine; Vaudry, Hubert; Berteau, Olivier


Sulfatases are unique in requiring an essential post-translational modification of a critical active-site cysteinyt or seryl residue to 3-oxoalanine usually called C alpha-formylglycine (FGly). This post-translational modification is catalyzed anaerobically by anaerobic Sulfatase Maturating Enzyme (anSME), a member of the radical AdoMet superfamily. Using a new labeled substrate, we demonstrate that anSME uses a 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical to catalyze direct H-atom abstraction from the substrate. We thus established that anSMEs are the first radical AdoMet enzymes catalyzing a post-translational modification involving C, H-atom abstraction from an active site cysteinyl or seryl residue. This mechanistic study allowed us to decipher the first steps of the mechanism of this new radical AdoMet enzyme family.

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
2009, Volume: 131, number: 24, pages: 8348-8349

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    Organic Chemistry
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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