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    ATP-dependent MurE ligase in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: biochemical and structural characterisation

    Basavannacharya, Chandrakala and Robertson, Giles and Munshi, T. and Keep, Nicholas H. and Bhakta, Sanjib (2010) ATP-dependent MurE ligase in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: biochemical and structural characterisation. Tuberculosis 90 (1), pp. 16-24. ISSN 1472-9792.

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    New therapies are required against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its cell wall peptidoglycan biosynthesis is a potential therapeutic target. UDP-MurNAc-tripeptide ligase (MurE) is a member of the ATP-dependent ligase family, which incorporate amino acids including meso-diaminopimelic acid (m-DAP) into peptidoglycan during synthesis in a species-specific manner. In the present study, we have cloned, over-expressed, and characterised MurE from M. tuberculosis (Mtb-MurE). The crystal structure has been determined at 3.0 Å resolution in the presence of the substrate UDP-MurNAc-l-Ala-d-Glu (UAG). The activity of the enzyme was measured through estimating inorganic phosphate released in a non-radioactive high-throughput colourimetric assay. UDP-MurNAc-l-Ala-d-Glu-m-DAP (UMT) formation coupled to inorganic phosphate release was confirmed by HPLC and mass spectrometric analyses. Kinetic constants were determined for a range of natural substrates using optimised conditions. From our findings, it is evident that Mtb-MurE is highly specific in adding m-DAP to UDP-MurNAc-dipeptide and ATP-hydrolysis is an absolute requirement for its activity.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: *Author Robertson left BBK 31.12.10, no staff ID (PR 24.2.11)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Structural Molecular Biology, Institute of (ISMB)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 14:09
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:49


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