Structure, Mechanism, and Substrate Profiles of the Trinuclear Metallophosphatases from the Amidohydrolase Superfamily. Academic Article uri icon


  • The rate of reliable protein function annotation has not kept pace with the rapid advances in genome sequencing technology. This has created a gap between the number of available protein sequences, and an accurate determination of the respective physiological functions. This investigation has attempted to bridge the gap within the confines of members of the polymerase and histidinol phosphatase family of proteins in cog1387 and cog0613, which is related to the amidohydrolase superfamily. The adopted approach relies on using the mechanistic knowledge of a known enzymatic reaction, and discovering functions of closely related homologs using various tools including bioinformatics and rational library screening. The initial enzymatic reaction was that of L-histidinol phosphate phosphatase. Extensive structural, biochemical, and bioinformatic analysis of enzymes capable of hydrolyzing L-histidinol phosphate provided useful insights in predicting substrates and mechanistic studies of related enzymes. This led to the discovery of unprecedented catalytic functions such as a cyclic phosphate dihydrolase that specifically hydrolyzed a cyclic phosphodiester to inorganic phosphate and a vicinal diol; a phosphoesterase that hydrolyzes the 3'-phosphate of 3',5'-adenosine bisphosphate and similar nucleotides; and the first reported 5'-3' exonuclease for 5'-phosphorylated oligonucleotides from Escherichia coli and related organisms. This work provides a template for developing sequence-structure-function correlations within a family of enzymes that helps expedite new enzyme function discovery and more accurate annotations in protein databases.

published proceedings

  • Methods Enzymol

author list (cited authors)

  • Ghodge, S. V., & Raushel, F. M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Ghodge, Swapnil V||Raushel, Frank M

publication date

  • January 2018