Substrate specificity and kinetic mechanism of purine nucleoside phosphorylase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Rodrigo G. Ducati, Diógenes S. Santos, Luiz A. Basso

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Purine nucleoside phosphorylase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MtPNP) is numbered among targets for persistence of the causative agent of tuberculosis. Here, it is shown that MtPNP is more specific to natural 6-oxopurine nucleosides and synthetic compounds, and does not catalyze the phosphorolysis of adenosine. Initial velocity, product inhibition and equilibrium binding data suggest that MtPNP catalyzes 2′-deoxyguanosine (2dGuo) phosphorolysis by a steady-state ordered bi bi kinetic mechanism, in which inorganic phosphate (Pi) binds first followed by 2dGuo, and ribose 1-phosphate dissociates first followed by guanine. pH-rate profiles indicated a general acid as being essential for both catalysis and 2dGuo binding, and that deprotonation of a group abolishes Pi binding. Proton inventory and solvent deuterium isotope effects indicate that a single solvent proton transfer makes a modest contribution to the rate-limiting step. Pre-steady-state kinetic data indicate that product release appears to contribute to the rate-limiting step for MtPNP-catalyzed reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-164
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 15 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Enzyme kinetic mechanism
  • Fluorescence titration
  • Initial velocity
  • PNP
  • Pre-steady-state kinetics
  • Product inhibition
  • Purine nucleoside phosphorylase
  • Solvent isotope effects
  • Substrate specificity
  • pH-rate profiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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