GTPase-mediated activation of ATP sulfurylase

T. S. Leyh, Y. Suo

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GTP stimulates the synthesis of APS (adenosine 5'-phosphosulfate) by the enzyme ATP sulfurylase (ATP:sulfate adenylyltransferase, EC via a GTPase mechanism. The activation of the enzyme, purified from Escherichia coli, is titratable with GTP. The initial rate of APS formation is increased 116-fold at a saturating concentration of GTP. The enzyme exhibits a GTPase activity that is stimulated by ATP and further enhanced by SO4; however, SO4 alone does not significantly stimulate GTP hydrolysis. The larger subunit of ATP sulfurylase, encoded by cysN, contains a GTP-binding consensus sequence common to other known GTP-binding proteins. This is the first evidence that the sulfate activation pathway is a metabolic target for regulation by a GTPase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-545
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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