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© Institut Pasteur
Cells infected for 24 hrs with C. Trachomatis. The cell nuclei are labelled in blue, the bacteria appear yellow, within the inclusion lumen. A bacterial protein secreted out the inclusion into the host cytoplasm id labelled in red.
Publication : Biochemistry

Kinetic and mechanistic analysis of Trypanosoma cruzi trans-sialidase reveals a classical ping-pong mechanism with acid/base catalysis

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Published in Biochemistry - 20 Feb 2008

Damager I, Buchini S, Amaya MF, Buschiazzo A, Alzari P, Frasch AC, Watts A, Withers SG

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 18284211

Biochemistry 2008 Mar;47(11):3507-12

The trans-sialidase from Trypanosoma cruzi catalyzes the transfer of a sialic acid moiety from sialylated donor substrates to the terminal galactose moiety of lactose and lactoside acceptors to yield alpha-(2,3)-sialyllactose or its derivatives with net retention of anomeric configuration. Through kinetic analyses in which the concentrations of two different donor aryl alpha-sialoside substrates and the acceptor substrate lactose were independently varied, we have demonstrated that this enzyme follows a ping-pong bi-bi kinetic mechanism. This is supported for both the native enzyme and a mutant (D59A) in which the putative acid/base catalyst has been replaced by the demonstration of the half-reaction in which a sialyl-enzyme intermediate is formed. Mass spectrometric analysis of the protein directly demonstrates the formation of a covalent intermediate, while the observation of release of a full equivalent of p-nitrophenol by the mutant in a pre-steady state burst provides further support. The active site nucleophile is confirmed to be Tyr342 by trapping of the sialyl-enzyme intermediate using the D59A mutant and sequencing of the purified peptic peptide. The role of D59 as the acid/base catalyst is confirmed by chemical rescue studies in which activity is restored to the D59A mutant by azide and a sialyl azide product is formed.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18284211