Regulatory changes in the control of carbamoyl phosphate synthetase induced by truncation and mutagenesis of the allosteric binding domain. Academic Article uri icon


  • Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase from Escherichia coli catalyzes the synthesis of carbamoyl phosphate from bicarbonate, ammonia, and two molecules of MgATP. The enzyme is composed of two nonidentical subunits. The small subunit catalyzes the hydrolysis of glutamine to glutamate and ammonia. The large subunit catalyzes the formation of carbamoyl phosphate and has the binding sites for bicarbonate, ammonia, MgATP, and the allosteric ligands IMP, UMP, and ornithine. The allosteric ligands are believed to bind to the extreme C-terminal portion of the large subunit. Truncation mutants were constructed to investigate the allosteric binding domain. Stop codons were introduced at various locations along the carB gene in order to delete amino acids from the carboxy-terminal end of the large subunit. Removal of 14-119 amino acids from the carboxy-terminal end of the large subunit resulted in significant decreases in all of the enzymatic activities catalyzed by the enzyme. A 40-fold decrease in the glutamine-dependent ATPase activity was observed for the delta 14 truncation. Similar losses in activity were also observed for the delta 50, delta 65, delta 91, and delta 119 mutant proteins. However, formation of carbamoyl phosphate was detected even after the deletion of 119 amino acids from the carboxy-terminal end of the large subunit. No allosteric effects were observed for UMP with either the delta 91 or delta 119 truncation mutants, but alterations in the catalytic activity were observed in the presence of ornithine even after the removal of the last 119 amino acids from the large subunit of CPS. Six conserved amino acids within the allosteric domain were mutated.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

published proceedings

  • Biochemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Czerwinski, R. M., Mareya, S. M., & Raushel, F. M.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Czerwinski, RM||Mareya, SM||Raushel, FM

publication date

  • October 1995