Menaquinone Biosynthesis: Biochemical and Structural Studies of Chorismate Dehydratase. Academic Article uri icon


  • Menaquinone (MK, vitamin K) is a lipid-soluble quinone that participates in the bacterial electron transport chain. In mammalian cells, vitamin K functions as an essential vitamin for the activation of several proteins involved in blood clotting and bone metabolism. MqnA is the first enzyme on the futalosine-dependent pathway to menaquinone and catalyzes the aromatization of chorismate by water loss. Here we report biochemical and structural studies of MqnA. These studies suggest that the dehydration reaction proceeds by a variant of the E1cb mechanism in which deprotonation is slower than water loss and that the enol carboxylate of the substrate is serving as the base.

published proceedings

  • Biochemistry

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Mahanta, N., Hicks, K. A., Naseem, S., Zhang, Y., Fedoseyenko, D., Ealick, S. E., & Begley, T. P.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Mahanta, Nilkamal||Hicks, Katherine A||Naseem, Saad||Zhang, Yang||Fedoseyenko, Dmytro||Ealick, Steven E||Begley, Tadhg P

publication date

  • March 2019