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Surface Binding Site
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- Authors: Birte Svensson and Darrell Cockburn
- Responsible Curators: Birte Svensson and Spencer Williams
Surface Binding Sites
A surface (or secondary) binding site (SBS) is a ligand binding site observed on the catalytic module of an enzyme, but outside of the active site itself (see Figure 1). For recent reviews on this topic, please see [2, 3, 4].
Detection and Occurrence
SBSs have been observed in the crystal structures of approximately 50 carbohydrate active enzymes, with about half of these enzymes belonging to the family GH13 (Table 1). Typically the enzymes found to possess one or more SBSs are active on polysaccharides, suggesting that SBSs are adaptations for dealing with longer substrates. X-ray crystallography has been the main method of detecting SBSs; however, NMR spectroscopy  and chemical labeling  have also been used in the detection of these sites. Examination of the SBS containing enzymes show that they frequently co-occur with carbohydrate-binding modules (CBMs), suggesting that these two methods of binding to a substrate are complementary rather than redundant . In one example, the α-amylase SusG from Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, both a CBM and an SBS were found to contribute to binding to starch granules .
Roles of SBSs in Enzyme Function
Detailed analyses of SBSs have only been carried out in a few cases; however, in each of these cases they have been found to be important for the function of the enzyme. Various proven and speculated roles have been recently reviewed [2, 3, 4]. In general the proposed roles of SBSs include: i) serving as an extension of the active site, guiding a substrate strand to the active site or maintaining binding to a polysaccharide strand to allow processivity, ii) acting as an allosteric regulator, with binding at the SBS affecting the properties of the active site, iii) serving as a pseudo-CBM, by targeting the enzyme to the substrate, anchoring the enzyme to the cell wall or disrupting the substrate (see the carbohydrate-binding modules page for more details on their functional roles). As an illustrative example, the two SBSs of the barley α-amylase 1 (named SBS1 and SBS2)  seem to fall into categories i) and iii). SBS1 is particularly important for the binding of the enzyme to starch granules , while SBS2 is more important for the activity of the enzyme on amylopectin, lowering the apparent KM for this substrate . A good example of ii) is seen in the amylomaltase from Thermus aquaticus, where binding to the SBS changes the active site, thereby altering the substrate profile of the enzyme .
The study of SBSs is often complicated by the presence of multiple SBSs in a given catalytic module, substrate binding in the active site, or the presence of a CBM. Various techniques have been used to dissect contributions to SBSs such as the use of mutations, and substrates that do not bind at the active site  or the use of covalent inhibitors to block the active site [5, 11]. A variety of techniques have proven useful for studying SBSs, including surface plasmon resonance, isothermal titration calorimetry, affinity electrophoresis and adsorption assays (the use of these techniques and others is summarized in ).
|Table 1: Glycoside hydrolase enzyme families for which an enzyme with an SBS has been identified.|
|Family||# of Enzymes as of 2015-02-17||Example Structure||Reference(s)|
|GH13||24||1rp8||[1, 2, 3]|
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Cockburn, D. and Svensson, B. Surface binding sites in carbohydrate active enzymes: an emerging picture of structural and functional diversity. 2013. In: Lindhorst TK, Rauter AP (eds) SPR carbohydrate chemistry—chemical and biological approaches, vol 39. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge. DOI: 10.1039/9781849737173-00204
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