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Glycoside Hydrolase Family 65

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Glycoside Hydrolase Family GH65
Clan GH-L
Mechanism inverting
Active site residues known
CAZy DB link

Substrate specificities

Glycoside hydrolases belonging to GH65 act on substrates containing α-glucosidic linkages. GH65 contains mainly phosphorylases; maltose (Glc-α-1,4-Glc) phosphorylase (EC, trehalose (Glc-α1,α1-Glc) phosphorylase (EC, kojibiose (Glc-α-1,2-Glc) phosphorylase (EC, and trehalose 6-phosphate (Glc-α1,α1-Glc6P) phosphorylase (EC 2.4.1.-). Notably α,α-trehalases (EC, which a glycoside hydrolases, are also GH65 members.

Kinetics and Mechanism

Phosphorolysis by GH65 enzymes proceeds with inversion of anomeric configuration, as first shown by Fitting and Doudoroff [1] using maltose phosphorylase from Neisseria meningitidis, i.e. the reaction catalyzed is: maltose + Pi ↔ β-glucose 1-phosphate + glucose. The reaction mechanism for inverting GH65 phosphorylase has been proposed to be similar to a general acid/base-catalysed one-step displacement mechanism for inverting glycoside hydrolases [2, 3]. This mechanism involves direct nucleophilic attack by phosphate on the anomeric (C1) carbon assisted by general acid catalysis involving protonation of the glycosidic oxygen. In this mechanism, phosphate is the nucleophile, rather than a water molecule activated by a general base catalyst as in inverting glycoside hydrolases. The possibility of general base assistance in the phosphorylases of this family, via a histidine residue proximal to the phosphate nucleophile, is also suggested [2]. The inverting phosphorolysis catalyzed by GH65 enzyme is readily reversible, which confers the phosphorylases with a capacity to effectively synthesize various α-glucosides from β-glucose 1-phosphate as a glycosyl donor, together with various acceptor molecules. Notably β-glucosyl fluoride can also be used as donor in synthetic reactions [4].

Catalytic Residues

The general acid catalyst was first predicted by superimposing the active site structure of maltose phosphorylase from Lactobacillus brevis [2] with the catalytic (α/α)6 barrel domain of a GH15 glucoamylase (EC from Aspergillus awamori [5]. Considering the similarities of the active site structure, Glu487 of L. brevis maltose phosphorylase was proposed to be the general acid. Additional support for this assignment was obtained by site-direct mutagenesis of Glu487 of Paenibacillus sp. maltose phosphorylase [6], which corresponds to the Glu487 of L. brevis maltose phosphorylase. A histidine located near the phosphate (His671 in L. brevis maltose phosphorylase) may assist catalysis by acting as a general base [2], but no experimental evidence has yet been provided.

Three-dimensional structures

Figure 1: Dimer structure of L. brevis maltose phosphorylase. An N-terminal complex β sandwich domain is in blue, a helical linker is in green, an (α/α)6 barrel catalytic domain is in yellow and a C-terminal β sheet domain is in red . A phosphate molecule bound to chain B is shown as magenta spheres.

The three-dimensional structure of L. brevis maltose phosphorylase (PDB ID 1h54) represents the first determined in this family [2]. L. brevis maltose phosphorylase is a dimeric enzyme (Figure 1). The monomer structure consists of an N-terminal complex β sandwich domain, a helical linker, an (α/α)6 barrel catalytic domain, and a C-terminal β sheet domain. The structure of the (α/α)6 barrel domain is similar to those of GH15 glucoamylases (EC [5]. GH15 and GH65 together constitute glycoside hydrolase Clan GH-L [7]. GH94 phosphorylases and a GH95 fucosidase were also shown to be structurally similar to GH65 [8, 9].

Family Firsts

First stereochemistry determination
Maltose phosphorylase (EC from Neisseria meningitidis [1].
First sequence identification
Maltose phosphorylase (EC from Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis DSM 20451T [10]
Trehalose phosphorylase (EC from Thermoanaerobacter brockii ATCC 35047 [11]
Kojibiose phosphorylase (EC from Thermoanaerobacter brockii ATCC 35047 [12]
Trehalose 6-phosphate phosphorylase (EC 2.4.1.-) from Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis 19435 [13]
α,α-Trehalase (EC from Saccharomyces cerevisiae S288C [14].
First general acid residue identification
Maltose phosphorylase (EC from Lactobacillus brevis by X-ray structure analysis [2] and confirmed by mutagenesis for Paenibacillus sp. maltose phosphorylase (EC [6].
First three-dimentional structure determination
Maltose phosphorylase (EC from Lactobacillus brevis [2].


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