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Fold recognition analysis of glycosyltransferase families: further members of structural superfamilies

By Octavio L. Franco and Daniel J. Rigden


Glycosyltransferases (GTs) are diverse enzymes organized into 65 families. X-ray crystallography and in silico studies have shown many of these to belong to two structural superfamilies: GT-A and GT-B. Through application of fold recognition and iterated sequence searches, we demonstrate that families 60, 62, and 64 may also be grouped into the GT-A fold superfamily. Analysis of conserved acidic residues suggests that catalytic sites are better conserved in superfamily GT-B than in GT-A. Although 26 % and 29 % of GT families may now be confidently placed in superfamilies GT-A and GT-B, respectively, the remaining 45 % of families bear no discernible resemblance to either superfamily, which, given the sensitivity of modern fold recognition methods, suggests the existence of novel structural scaffolds associated with GT activity. Furthermore, bioinformatics studies indicate the apparent ease with which mechanismÐinverting or retainingÐmay change during evolution. Key words: evolutionary relationships/fold recognition/ glycosyltransferases/MurG/Sps

Year: 2003
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