Structure of the PLP degradative enzyme 2-methyl-3-hydroxypyridine-5-carboxylic acid oxygenase from Mesorhizobium loti MAFF303099 and its mechanistic implications. Academic Article uri icon


  • A vitamin B(6) degradative pathway has recently been identified and characterized in Mesorhizobium loti MAFF303099. One of the enzymes on this pathway, 2-methyl-3-hydroxypyridine-5-carboxylic acid oxygenase (MHPCO), is a flavin-dependent enzyme and catalyzes the oxidative ring-opening of 2-methyl-3-hydroxypyridine-5-carboxylic acid to form E-2-(acetamino-methylene)succinate. The gene for this enzyme has been cloned, and the corresponding protein has been overexpressed in Escherichia coli and purified. The crystal structure of MHPCO has been solved to 2.1 A using SAD phasing with and without the substrate MHPC bound. These crystal structures provide insight into the reaction mechanism and suggest roles for active site residues in the catalysis of a novel oxidative ring-opening reaction.

published proceedings

  • Biochemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • McCulloch, K. M., Mukherjee, T., Begley, T. P., & Ealick, S. E.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • McCulloch, Kathryn M||Mukherjee, Tathagata||Begley, Tadhg P||Ealick, Steven E

publication date

  • May 2009