Organometallic Complex Formed by an Unconventional Radical S-Adenosylmethionine Enzyme. Academic Article uri icon


  • Pyrococcus horikoshii Dph2 (PhDph2) is an unusual radical S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) enzyme involved in the first step of diphthamide biosynthesis. It catalyzes the reaction by cleaving SAM to generate a 3-amino-3-carboxypropyl (ACP) radical. To probe the reaction mechanism, we synthesized a SAM analogue (SAMCA), in which the ACP group of SAM is replaced with a 3-carboxyallyl group. SAMCA is cleaved by PhDph2, yielding a paramagnetic (S = 1/2) species, which is assigned to a complex formed between the reaction product, α-sulfinyl-3-butenoic acid, and the [4Fe-4S] cluster. Electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) measurements with (13)C and (2)H isotopically labeled SAMCA support a π-complex between the C═C double bond of α-sulfinyl-3-butenoic acid and the unique iron of the [4Fe-4S] cluster. This is the first example of a radical SAM-related [4Fe-4S](+) cluster forming an organometallic complex with an alkene, shedding additional light on the mechanism of PhDph2 and expanding our current notions for the reactivity of [4Fe-4S] clusters in radical SAM enzymes.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 2.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Dong, M., Horitani, M., Dzikovski, B., Pandelia, M., Krebs, C., Freed, J. H., Hoffman, B. M., & Lin, H

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Dong, Min||Horitani, Masaki||Dzikovski, Boris||Pandelia, Maria-Eirini||Krebs, Carsten||Freed, Jack H||Hoffman, Brian M||Lin, Hening

publication date

  • August 2016