The role of Cys-138 in the catalysis of the skeletal muscle 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase reaction was investigated by mutating this residue to serine, glutamine and alanine, expressing the mutants in E. coli with a T7 RNA polymerase-based expression system, and analyzing their kinetic properties. The Cys138Ala mutant had greatly diminished activity, while the Cys138Ser and Cys138Gln mutants had maximal velocities 2-3 fold higher than the wild-type enzyme. It was concluded that Cys-138 does not act as a base catalyst in the kinase reaction, but that it plays a significant structural role in the enzyme′s active site.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Aug 31 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology