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Role of PheE15 gate in ligand entry and nitric oxide detoxification function of Mycobacterium tuberculosis truncated hemoglobin N

By Ana Oliveira, Sandeep Singh, Axel Bidon-Chanal Badia, Flavio Forti, Marcelo A. Martí, Leonardo Boechi, Darío Estrin, Kanak L. Dikshit and F. Xavier Luque Garriga


The truncated hemoglobin N, HbN, of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is endowed with a potent nitric oxide dioxygenase (NOD) activity that allows it to relieve nitrosative stress and enhance in vivo survival of its host. Despite its small size, the protein matrix of HbN hosts a two-branched tunnel, consisting of orthogonal short and long channels, that connects the heme active site to the protein surface. A novel dual-path mechanism has been suggested to drive migration of O(2) and NO to the distal heme cavity. While oxygen migrates mainly by the short path, a ligand-induced conformational change regulates opening of the long tunnel branch for NO, via a phenylalanine (PheE15) residue that acts as a gate. Site-directed mutagenesis and molecular simulations have been used to examine the gating role played by PheE15 in modulating the NOD function of HbN. Mutants carrying replacement of PheE15 with alanine, isoleucine, tyrosine and tryptophan have similar O(2)/CO association kinetics, but display significant reduction in their NOD function. Molecular simulations substantiated that mutation at the PheE15 gate confers significant changes in the long tunnel, and therefore may affect the migration of ligands. These results support the pivotal role of PheE15 gate in modulating the diffusion of NO via the long tunnel branch in the oxygenated protein, and hence the NOD function of HbN

Topics: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Òxid nítric, Proteïnes, Bacteris, Hemoglobina, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nitric oxide, Proteins, Bacteria, Hemoglobin
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049291
OAI identifier: oai:diposit.ub.edu:2445/62426

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