Structural basis of regiospecificity of a mononuclear iron enzyme in antibiotic fosfomycin biosynthesis.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


J Am Chem Soc, Volume 133, Issue 29, p.11262-9 (2011)


Anti-Bacterial Agents, Bacteria, Binding Sites, Cobalt, Crystallography, X-Ray, Fosfomycin, Iron, Models, Molecular, Oxidoreductases, Oxygen, Protein Conformation, Stereoisomerism, Substrate Specificity


<p>Hydroxypropylphosphonic acid epoxidase (HppE) is an unusual mononuclear iron enzyme that uses dioxygen to catalyze the oxidative epoxidation of (S)-2-hydroxypropylphosphonic acid (S-HPP) in the biosynthesis of the antibiotic fosfomycin. Additionally, the enzyme converts the R-enantiomer of the substrate (R-HPP) to 2-oxo-propylphosphonic acid. To probe the mechanism of HppE regiospecificity, we determined three X-ray structures: R-HPP with inert cobalt-containing enzyme (Co(II)-HppE) at 2.1 Å resolution; R-HPP with active iron-containing enzyme (Fe(II)-HppE) at 3.0 Å resolution; and S-HPP-Fe(II)-HppE in complex with dioxygen mimic NO at 2.9 Å resolution. These structures, along with previously determined structures of S-HPP-HppE, identify the dioxygen binding site on iron and elegantly illustrate how HppE is able to recognize both substrate enantiomers to catalyze two completely distinct reactions.</p>