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See detailThe crystal structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from Thermotoga maritima: a comparative thermostability structural analysis of ten different TIM structures
Maes, Dominique; Zeelen, Johan P.; Thanki, Narmada et al

in Proteins (1999), 37(3), 441-53

The molecular mechanisms that evolution has been employing to adapt to environmental temperatures are poorly understood. To gain some further insight into this subject we solved the crystal structure of ... [more ▼]

The molecular mechanisms that evolution has been employing to adapt to environmental temperatures are poorly understood. To gain some further insight into this subject we solved the crystal structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima (TmTIM). The enzyme is a tetramer, assembled as a dimer of dimers, suggesting that the tetrameric wild-type phosphoglycerate kinase PGK-TIM fusion protein consists of a core of two TIM dimers covalently linked to 4 PGK units. The crystal structure of TmTIM represents the most thermostable TIM presently known in its 3D-structure. It adds to a series of nine known TIM structures from a wide variety of organisms, spanning the range from psychrophiles to hyperthermophiles. Several properties believed to be involved in the adaptation to different temperatures were calculated and compared for all ten structures. No sequence preferences, correlated with thermal stability, were apparent from the amino acid composition or from the analysis of the loops and secondary structure elements of the ten TIMs. A common feature for both psychrophilic and T. maritima TIM is the large number of salt bridges compared with the number found in mesophilic TIMs. In the two thermophilic TIMs, the highest amount of accessible hydrophobic surface is buried during the folding and assembly process. [less ▲]

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See detailTriose-phosphate isomerase (TIM) of the psychrophilic bacterium Vibrio marinus. Kinetic and structural properties
Alvarez, Marco; Zeelen, Johan Ph; Mainfroid, Véronique et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1998), 273(4), 2199-206

The purification and characterization of triose-phosphate isomerase from the psychrophilic bacterium Vibrio marinus (vTIM) is described. Crystal structures of the vTIM-sulfate complex and the vTIM-2 ... [more ▼]

The purification and characterization of triose-phosphate isomerase from the psychrophilic bacterium Vibrio marinus (vTIM) is described. Crystal structures of the vTIM-sulfate complex and the vTIM-2-phosphoglycolate complex (at a 2.7-A resolution) are also presented. The optimal growth temperature of Vibrio marinus is 15 degrees C. Stability studies show that vTIM is an unstable protein with a half-life of only 10 min at 25 degrees C. The vTIM sequence is most closely related to the sequence of Escherichia coli TIM (eTIM) (66% identity), and several unique structural features described for eTIM are also seen in vTIM, but eTIM is considerably more stable. The Td values of vTIM and eTIM, determined by calorimetric studies, are 41 and 54 degrees C, respectively. Amino acid sequence comparison reveals that vTIM has an alanine in loop 8 (at position 238), whereas all other TIM sequences known to date have a serine. The vTIM mutant A238S was produced and characterized. Compared with wild type, the catalytic efficiency of the A238S mutant is somewhat reduced, and its stability is considerably increased. [less ▲]

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See detailModular mutagenesis of a TIM-barrel enzyme: the crystal structure of a chimeric E. coli TIM having the eighth beta alpha-unit replaced by the equivalent unit of chicken TIM
Kishan, Radha; Zeelen, Ph. Johan; Noble, Martin E.M. et al

in Protein Engineering (1994), 7(8), 945-51

The crystal structure of a hybrid Escherichia coli triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) has been determined at 2.8 A resolution. The hybrid TIM (ETIM8CHI) was constructed by replacing the eighth beta alpha ... [more ▼]

The crystal structure of a hybrid Escherichia coli triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) has been determined at 2.8 A resolution. The hybrid TIM (ETIM8CHI) was constructed by replacing the eighth beta alpha-unit of E. coli TIM with the equivalent unit of chicken TIM. This replacement involves 10 sequence changes. One of the changes concerns the mutation of a buried alanine (Ala232 in strand 8) into a phenylalanine. The ETIM8CHI structure shows that the A232F sequence change can be incorporated by a side-chain rotation of Phe224 (in helix 7). No cavities or strained dihedrals are observed in ETIM8CHI in the region near position 232, which is in agreement with the observation that ETIM8CHI and E.coli TIM have similar stabilities. The largest CA (C-alpha atom) movements, approximately 3 A, are seen for the C-terminal end of helix 8 (associated with the outward rotation of Phe224) and for the residues in the loop after helix 1 (associated with sequence changes in helix 8). From the structure it is not clear why the kcat of ETIM8CHI is 10 times lower than in wild type E.coli TIM. [less ▲]

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See detailReplacing the (beta alpha)-unit 8 of E.coli TIM with its chicken homologue leads to a stable and active hybrid enzyme
Mainfroid, Véronique; Goraj, Karine; Rentier-Delrue, Françoise ULg et al

in Protein Engineering (1993), 6(8), 893-900

In order to investigate how structural modifications interfere with protein stability, we modified a (beta alpha)-unit in E.coli triosephosphate isomerase (TIM), a typical (beta alpha)-barrel protein ... [more ▼]

In order to investigate how structural modifications interfere with protein stability, we modified a (beta alpha)-unit in E.coli triosephosphate isomerase (TIM), a typical (beta alpha)-barrel protein, assuming that the pseudosymmetrical beta-barrel can be divided into eight successive loop/beta-strand/loop/alpha-helix motifs. We replaced the eighth (beta alpha)-unit of E.coli TIM with the corresponding chicken (beta alpha)-unit. The substitution, involving the replacement of 10 of the 23 residues of this (beta alpha)-unit, was evaluated first by modelling, then experimentally. Modelling by homology suggests how the amino acid replacements might be accommodated in the hybrid E.coli/chicken TIM (ETIM8CHI). Both natural and hybrid recombinant TIMs, overproduced in E.coli, were purified to homogeneity and characterized as to their stability and kinetics. Our kinetic studies show that the modification performed here leads to an active enzyme. The stability studies indicate that the stability of ETIM8CHI is comparable to that of the wild type TIM. [less ▲]

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