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Title: Identification of amino acid residues essential for high aflatoxin B1-8,9-epoxide conjugation activity in alpha class glutathione S-transferases through site-directed mutagenesis.

Authors: Van Ness, K P; McHugh, T E; Bammler, T K; Eaton, D L

Published In Toxicol Appl Pharmacol, (1998 Sep)

Abstract: Mice constitutively express glutathione S-transferase mGSTA3-3 in liver. This isoform possesses uniquely high conjugating activity toward aflatoxin B1-8,9-epoxide (AFBO), thereby protecting mice from aflatoxin B1-induced hepatocarcinogenicity. In contrast, rats constitutively express a closely related GST isoenzyme, rGSTA3-3, with low AFBO activity and, therefore, are sensitive to aflatoxin B1 exposure. Although the two GSTs share 86% sequence identity and have similar catalytic activities toward 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB), they have an approximately 1000-fold difference in catalytic activity toward AFBO. To identify amino acids that confer high activity toward AFBO, non-conserved rGSTA3-3 residues were replaced with mGSTA3-3 residues in two regions believed to form the substrate binding site. Twenty-one mutant rGSTA3-3 enzymes were generated by site-directed mutagenesis using combinations of nine different residues. Except for the E208D mutant, single mutations of rGSTA3-3 produced enzymes with no detectable AFBO activity. Generally, AFBO conjugation activity increased in additive fashion as mGSTA3-3 residues were introduced into the rGSTA3-3 enzyme with the six site mutant E104I/H108Y/Y111H/L207F/E208D/V217K displaying the highest AFBO activity (40 nmol/mg/min) of all the mutant enzymes. When this mutant enzyme was further modified by three additional substitutions (D103E/I105M/V106I) AFBO conjugation activity decreased 14-fold to 2. 8 nmol/mg/min. Although wild-type mGSTA3-3 AFBO conjugation activity (265 nmol/mg/min) could not be obtained by our rGSTA3-3 mutants, we were able to identify six mGSTA3-3 residues; Ile104, Tyr108, His111, Phe207, Asp208, and Lys217 that, when collectively substituted into rGSTA3-3, substantially increased (>200-fold) glutathione conjugation activity toward AFBO.

PubMed ID: 9772212 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Aflatoxin B1/analogs & derivatives*; Aflatoxin B1/genetics; Aflatoxin B1/metabolism; Amino Acid Sequence; Animals; Binding Sites; Dinitrochlorobenzene/metabolism; Epitopes; Escherichia coli/enzymology; Ethacrynic Acid/metabolism; Glutathione Transferase/genetics; Glutathione Transferase/metabolism*; Mice; Microsomes, Liver/enzymology; Models, Molecular; Molecular Sequence Data; Molecular Structure; Mutagenesis, Site-Directed*; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Sequence Homology, Amino Acid

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