Measurement of nonribosomal peptide synthetase adenylation domain activity using a continuous hydroxylamine release assay

Benjamin P. Duckworth, Daniel J. Wilson, Courtney C. Aldrich

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Abstract

Adenylation is a crucial enzymatic process in the biosynthesis of nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) derived natural products. Adenylation domains are considered the gatekeepers of NRPSs since they select, activate, and load the carboxylic acid substrate onto a downstream peptidyl carrier protein (PCP) domain of the NRPS. We describe a coupled continuous kinetic assay for NRPS adenylation domains that substitutes the PCP domain with hydroxylamine as the acceptor molecule. The pyrophosphate released from the first-half reaction is then measured using a two-enzyme coupling system, which detects conversion of the chromogenic substrate 7-methylthioguanosine (MesG) to 7-methylthioguanine. From profiling substrate specificity of unknown or engineered adenylation domains to studying chemical inhibition of adenylating enzymes, this robust assay will be of widespread utility in the broad field NRPS enzymology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Pages53-61
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
Volume1401
ISSN (Print)1064-3745

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
C.C.A. acknowledges membership in and support from the Region V ?Great Lakes? Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Consortium (National Institutes of Health award 1-U54-AI-057153) and support from R01-AI-070219 for this work.

Keywords

  • Adenylate-forming
  • Adenylation
  • Enzyme assay
  • Hydroxamate
  • MesG

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