Determinants of performance in the isocitrate dehydrogenase of Escherichia coli

Antony M. Dean, Andrew K. Shiau, Daniel E. Koshland

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The substrate specificity of the NADP-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase of Escherichia coli was investigated by combining site-directed mutagenesis and utilization of alternative substrates. A comparison of the kinetics of the wild-type enzyme with 2R-malate reveals that the γ-carboxylate of 2R,3S- isocitrate contributes a factor of 12,000,000 to enzyme performance. Analysis of kinetic data compiled for 10 enzymes and nine different substrates reveals that a factor of 1,650 can be ascribed to the hydrogen bond formed between S113 and the γ-carboxylate of bound isocitrate, a factor of 150 to the negative charge of the γ-carboxylate, and a factor of 50 for the γ-methyl. These results are entirely consistent with X-ray structures of Michaelis complexes that show a hydrogen bond positions the γ-carboxylate of isocitrate so that a salt bridge can form to the nicotinamide ring of NADP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalProtein Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1996


  • enzyme performance
  • isocitrate dehydrogenase
  • stabilization of Michaelis complex


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