Title page for ETD etd-08082012-192654

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Fedkenheuer, Michael Gerald
Author's Email Address fedkenmg@vt.edu
URN etd-08082012-192654
Title Structural and Mutational Analyses of Aspergillus fumigatus SidA: A Flavin-Dependent N-hydroxylating Enzyme
Degree Master of Science In the Life Sciences
Department Biochemistry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sobrado, Pablo Committee Chair
Finkielstein, Carla V. Committee Member
Xu, Bu Committee Member
  • N-hydroxylating Monooxygenases
  • Af SidA
  • hydroxylation
  • flavin
  • siderophore
Date of Defense 2012-07-27
Availability unrestricted
SidA from Aspergillus fumigatus is an N-hydroxylating monooxygenase that catalyzes the committed step in siderophore biosynthesis. This gene is essential for virulence making it an excellent drug target. In order to design an inhibitor against SidA a greater understanding of the mechanism and structure is needed. We have determined the crystal structure of SidA in complex with NADP+, Ornithine, and FAD at 1.9 Å resolution. The crystal structure has provided insight into substrate and coenzyme selectivity as well as residues essential for catalysis. In particular, we have chosen to study the interactions of Arg 279, shown to interact with the 2’phosphate of the adenine moiety of NADP+ as well as the adenine ring itself. The mutation of this residue to alanine makes the enzyme have little to no selectivity between coenzymes NADPH and NADH which supports the importance of the ionic interaction between Arg279 and the 2’phosphate. Additionally, the mutant enzyme is significantly more uncoupled than WT enzyme with NADPH. We see that the interactions of the guanadinyl group of Arg279 and the adenine ring are also important because KM and Kd values for the mutant enzyme are shifted well above those of wild type with coenzyme NADH. The data is further supported by studies on the reductive and oxidative half reactions. We have also explored the allosteric effect of L-arginine. We provide evidence that an enzyme/coenzyme/L-arginine complex is formed which improves coupling, oxygen reactivity, and reduction in SidA; however more work is needed to fully understand the role of L-arginine as an allosteric effector.
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