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The kinase activity of the Helicobacter pylori Asp-tRNA(Asn)/Glu-tRNA(Gln) amidotransferase is sensitive to distal mutations in its putative ammonia tunnel.
Biochemistry
PUBLISHED: 12-29-2011
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The Helicobacter pylori (Hp) Asp-tRNA(Asn)/Glu-tRNA(Gln) amidotransferase (AdT) plays important roles in indirect aminoacylation and translational fidelity. AdT has two active sites, in two separate subunits. Kinetic studies have suggested that interdomain communication occurs between these subunits; however, this mechanism is not well understood. To explore domain-domain communication in AdT, we adapted an assay and optimized it to kinetically characterize the kinase activity of Hp AdT. This assay was applied to the analysis of a series of point mutations at conserved positions throughout the putative AdT ammonia tunnel that connects the two active sites. Several mutations that caused significant decreases in AdTs kinase activity (reduced by 55-75%) were identified. Mutations at Thr149 (37 Å distal to the GatB kinase active site) and Lys89 (located at the interface of GatA and GatB) were detrimental to AdTs kinase activity, suggesting that these mutations have disrupted interdomain communication between the two active sites. Models of wild-type AdT, a valine mutation at Thr149, and an arginine mutation at Lys89 were subjected to molecular dynamics simulations. A comparison of wild-type, T149V, and K89R AdT simulation results unmasks 59 common residues that are likely involved in connecting the two active sites.
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A tRNA-independent mechanism for transamidosome assembly promotes aminoacyl-tRNA transamidation.
J. Biol. Chem.
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Many bacteria lack genes encoding asparaginyl- and/or glutaminyl-tRNA synthetase and consequently rely on an indirect path for the synthesis of both Asn-tRNA(Asn) and Gln-tRNA(Gln). In some bacteria such as Thermus thermophilus, efficient delivery of misacylated tRNA to the downstream amidotransferase (AdT) is ensured by formation of a stable, tRNA-dependent macromolecular complex called the Asn-transamidosome. This complex enables direct delivery of Asp-tRNA(Asn) from the non-discriminating aspartyl-tRNA synthetase to AdT, where it is converted into Asn-tRNA(Asn). Previous characterization of the analogous Helicobacter pylori Asn-transamidosome revealed that it is dynamic and cannot be stably isolated, suggesting the possibility of an alternative mechanism to facilitate assembly of a stable complex. We have identified a novel protein partner called Hp0100 as a component of a stable, tRNA-independent H. pylori Asn-transamidosome; this complex contains a non-discriminating aspartyl-tRNA synthetase, AdT, and Hp0100 but does not require tRNA(Asn) for assembly. Hp0100 also enhances the capacity of AdT to convert Asp-tRNA(Asn) into Asn-tRNA(Asn) by ?35-fold. Our results demonstrate that bacteria have adopted multiple divergent methods for transamidosome assembly and function.
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