Transition-state structure of human 5′-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase

Vipender Singh, Vern L. Schramm

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Kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) and computer modeling using density functional theory were used to approximate the transition state of human 5′-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP). KIEs were measured on the arsenolysis of 5′-methylthioadenosine (MTA) catalyzed by MTAP and were corrected for the forward commitment to catalysis. Intrinsic KIEs were obtained for [1′-3H], [1′-14C], [2′- 3H], [4′-3H], [5′-3H2], [9-15N], and [Me-3H3] MTAs. The primary intrinsic KIEs (1′-14C and 9-15N) suggest that MTAP has a dissociative SN1 transition state with its cationic center at the anomeric carbon and insignificant bond order to the leaving group. The 9-15N intrinsic KIE of 1.039 also establishes an anionic character for the adenine leaving group, whereas the α-primary 1′- 14C KIE of 1.031 indicates significant nucleophilic participation at the transition state. Computational matching of the calculated EIEs to the intrinsic isotope effects places the oxygen nucleophile 2.0 Å from the anomeric carbon. The 4′-3H KIE is sensitive to the polarization of the 3′-OH group. Calculations suggest that a 4′-3H KIE of 1.047 is consistent with ionization of the 3′-OH group, indicating formation of a zwitterion at the transition state. The transition state has cationic character at the anomeric carbon and is anionic at the 3′-OH oxygen, with an anionic leaving group. The isotope effects predicted a 3′-endo conformation for the ribosyl zwitterion, corresponding to a H1′-C1′-C2′-H2′ torsional angle of 33°. The [Me-3H3] and [5′-3H2] KIEs arise predominantly from the negative hyperconjugation of the lone pairs of sulfur with the σ* (C-H) antibonding orbitale. Human MTAP is characterized by a late SN1 transition state with significant participation of the phosphate nucleophile.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14691-14696
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number45
StatePublished - Nov 15 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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