Carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase II of the mammalian CAD protein: kinetic mechanism and elucidation of reaction intermediates by positional isotope exchange. Academic Article uri icon


  • The kinetic mechanism of carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase II from Syrian hamster kidney cells has been determined at pH 7.2 and 37 degrees C. Initial velocity, product inhibition, and dead-end inhibition studies of both the biosynthetic and bicarbonate-dependent adenosinetriphosphatase (ATPase) reactions are consistent with a partially random sequential mechanism in which the ordered addition of MgATP, HCO3-, and glutamine is followed by the ordered release of glutamate and Pi. Subsequently, the binding of a second MgATP is followed by the release of MgADP, which precedes the random release of carbamoyl phosphate and a second MgADP. Carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase II catalyzes beta gamma-bridge:beta-nonbridge positional oxygen exchange of [gamma-18O]ATP in both the ATPase and biosynthetic reactions. Negligible exchange is observed in the strict absence of HCO3- (and glutamine or NH4+). The ratio of moles of MgATP exchanged to moles of MgATP hydrolyzed (nu ex/nu cat) is 0.62 for the ATPase reaction, and it is 0.39 and 0.16 for the biosynthetic reaction in the presence of high levels of glutamine and NH4+, respectively. The observed positional isotope exchange is suppressed but not eliminated at nearly saturating concentrations of either glutamine or NH4+, suggesting that this residual exchange results from either the facile reversal of an E-MgADP-carboxyphosphate-Gln(NH4+) complex or exchange within an E-MgADP-carbamoyl phosphate-MgADP complex, or both. In the 31P NMR spectra of the exchanged [gamma-18O]ATP, the distribution patterns of 16O in the gamma-phosphorus resonances in all samples reflect an exchange mechanism in which a rotationally unhindered molecule of [18O3, 16O]Pi does not readily participate. These results suggest that the formation of carbamate from MgATP, HCO3-, and glutamine proceeds via a stepwise, not concerted mechanism, involving at least one kinetically competent covalent intermediate, such as carboxyphosphate.

published proceedings

  • Biochemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Meek, T. D., Karsten, W. E., & DeBrosse, C. W.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Meek, TD||Karsten, WE||DeBrosse, CW

publication date

  • May 1987