Development of Colorimetric HTS Assay of Cytochrome P450 for ortho-Specific Hydroxylation, and Engineering of CYP102D1 with Enhanced Catalytic Activity and Regioselectivity

Kwon Young Choi, Eun Ok Jung, Hyungdon Yun, Yung Hun Yang, Romas J. Kazlauskas, Byung Gee Kim

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Abstract

A current challenge in high-throughput screening (HTS) of hydroxylation reactions by P450 is a fast and sensitive assay for regioselective hydroxylation against millions of mutants. We have developed a solid-agar plate-based HTS assay for screening ortho-specific hydroxylation of daidzein by sensing formaldehyde generated from the O-dealkylation reaction. This method adopts a colorimetric dye, pararosaniline, which has previously been used as an aldehyde-specific probe within cells. The rationale for this method lies in the fact that the hydroxylation activity at ortho-carbon position to C-OH correlates with a linear relationship to O-dealkylation activity on chemically introduced methoxy group at the corresponding C-OH. As a model system, a 4′,7-dihydroxyisoflavone (daidzein) hydroxylase (CYP102D1 F96V/M246I), which catalyzes hydroxylation at ortho positions of the daidzein A/B-ring, was examined for O-dealklyation activity, by using permethylated daidzein as a surrogate substrate. By using the developed indirect bishydroxylation screening assay, the correlation coefficient between O-dealkylation and bishydroxylation activity for the template enzyme was 0.72. For further application of this assay, saturation mutants at A273/G274/T277 were examined by mutant screening with a permethylated daidzein analogue substrate (A-ring inactivated in order to find enhanced 3′-regioselectiviy). The whole-cell biotransformation of daidzein by final screened mutant G1 (A273H/G274E/T277G) showed fourfold increased conversion yield, with 14.3 mgL-1 production titer and greatly increased 3′-regioselectiviy (3′/6=11.8). These results show that there is a remarkably high correlation (both in vitro and in vivo), thus suggesting that this assay would be ideal for a primary HTS assay for P450 reactions. High-speed activity: A general HTS assay method for ortho-specific hydroxylation by P450 enzymes is presented. In order to screen for P450 variants with higher hydroxylation activities, an indirect HTS assay method to sense aldehyde molecules generated from O-dealkylation reaction of chemically permethylated substrate was developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1238
Number of pages8
JournalChemBioChem
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

Keywords

  • CYP102D1
  • HTS assay
  • O-dealkylation
  • cytochromes
  • diol-sensing
  • hydroxylation

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