The purification, crystallisation and preliminary structural characterisation of an epimerase (EvaD), the fourth enzyme in the vancosamine biosynthetic pathway

AB Merkel, G Temple, K Beis, M Bukart, CT Walsh, James Henderson Naismith

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Abstract

The vancomycin class of antibiotics is regarded as the last line of defence against Gram-positive bacteria. The compounds used clinically are very complex organic molecules and are made by fermentation. The biosynthesis of these is complex and fascinating. Its study holds out the prospect of utilizing genetic engineering of the enzymes in the pathway in order to produce novel vancomycin analogues. In part, this requires detailed structural insight into substrate specificity as well as the enzyme mechanism. The crystallization of one of the enzymes in the chloroeremomycin biosynthetic pathway (a member of the vancomycin family), dTDP-3-amino-4-keto 2,3,6-trideoxy-3-C-methyl-glucose-5-epimerase (EvaD) from Amycolatopsis orientalis, is reported here. The protein is fourth in the pathway which makes a carbohydrate essential for the activity of chloroeremomycin. The crystals of EvaD diffract to 1.5 Angstrom and have unit-cell parameters a = 98.6, b = 72.0, c = 57.1 Angstrom with space group P2(1)2(1)2. Data to this resolution were collected at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1226-1228
Number of pages3
JournalActa Crystallographica. Section D, Biological crystallography
VolumeD58
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002

Keywords

  • VANCOMYCIN-GROUP
  • GLYCOPEPTIDE ANTIBIOTICS
  • EPIMERASE

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