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dc.contributor.authorFrederik Claeyssensen_US
dc.contributor.authorKara E. Ranaghanen_US
dc.contributor.authorNarin Lawanen_US
dc.contributor.authorStephen J. MacRaeen_US
dc.contributor.authorFrederick R. Manbyen_US
dc.contributor.authorJeremy N. Harveyen_US
dc.contributor.authorAdrian J. Mulhollanden_US
dc.description.abstractChorismate mutase is at the centre of current controversy about fundamental features of biological catalysts. Some recent studies have proposed that catalysis in this enzyme does not involve transition state (TS) stabilization but instead is due largely to the formation of a reactive conformation of the substrate. To understand the origins of catalysis, it is necessary to compare equivalent reactions in different environments. The pericyclic conversion of chorismate to prephenate catalysed by chorismate mutase also occurs (much more slowly) in aqueous solution. In this study we analyse the origins of catalysis by comparison of multiple quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) reaction pathways at a reliable, well tested level of theory (B3LYP/6-31G(d)/CHARMM27) for the reaction (i) in Bacillus subtilis chorismate mutase (BsCM) and (ii) in aqueous solvent. The average calculated reaction (potential energy) barriers are 11.3 kcal mol-1in the enzyme and 17.4 kcal mol-1in water, both of which are in good agreement with experiment. Comparison of the two sets of reaction pathways shows that the reaction follows a slightly different reaction pathway in the enzyme than in it does in solution, because of a destabilization, or strain, of the substrate in the enzyme. The substrate strain energy within the enzyme remains constant throughout the reaction. There is no unique reactive conformation of the substrate common to both environments, and the transition state structures are also different in the enzyme and in water. Analysis of the barrier heights in each environment shows a clear correlation between TS stabilization and the barrier height. The average differential TS stabilization is 7.3 kcal mol-1in the enzyme. This is significantly higher than the small amount of TS stabilization in water (on average only 1.0 kcal mol-1relative to the substrate). The TS is stabilized mainly by electrostatic interactions with active site residues in the enzyme, with Arg90, Arg7 and Glu78 generally the most important. Conformational effects (e.g. strain of the substrate in the enzyme) do not contribute significantly to the lower barrier observed in the enzyme. The results show that catalysis is mainly due to better TS stabilization by the enzyme. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011.en_US
dc.subjectBiochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biologyen_US
dc.titleAnalysis of chorismate mutase catalysis by QM/MM modelling of enzyme-catalysed and uncatalysed reactionsen_US
article.title.sourcetitleOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistryen_US
article.volume9en_US of Bristolen_US of Sheffielden_US Mai Universityen_US Utilities Group PLCen_US
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