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The Homotetrameric Phosphoseryl-tRNA Synthetase from Methanosarcina mazei Exhibits Half-of-the-sites Activity*S⃞

By Scott I. Hauenstein, Ya-Ming Hou and John J. Perona


Synthesis of cysteinyl-tRNACys in methanogenic archaea proceeds by a two-step pathway in which tRNACys is first aminoacylated with phosphoserine by phosphoseryl-tRNA synthetase (SepRS). Characterization of SepRS from the mesophile Methanosarcina mazei by gel filtration and nondenaturing mass spectrometry shows that the native enzyme exists as an α4 tetramer when expressed at high levels in Escherichia coli. However, active site titrations monitored by ATP/PPi burst kinetics, together with analysis of tRNA binding stoichiometry by fluorescence spectroscopy, show that the tetrameric enzyme binds two tRNAs and that only two of the four chemically equivalent subunits catalyze formation of phosphoseryl adenylate. Therefore, the phenomenon of half-of-the-sites activity, previously described for synthesis of 1 mol of tyrosyl adenylate by the dimeric class I tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase, operates as well in this homotetrameric class II tRNA synthetase. Analysis of cognate and noncognate reactions by ATP/PPi and aminoacylation kinetics strongly suggests that SepRS is able to discriminate against the noncognate amino acids glutamate, serine, and phosphothreonine without the need for a separate hydrolytic editing site. tRNACys binding to SepRS also enhances the capacity of the enzyme to discriminate among amino acids, indicating the existence of functional connectivity between the tRNA and amino acid binding sites of the enzyme

Topics: Protein Synthesis, Post-Translational Modification, and Degradation
Publisher: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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