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Concerted motions and large-scale structural fluctuations of Trichoderma reesei Cel7A cellobiohydrolase

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Silveira, Rodrigo L. [1] ; Skaf, Munir S. [1]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Chem, Cx P 6154, BR-13084862 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; v. 20, n. 11, p. 7498-7507, MAR 21 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Cellobiohydrolases (CBHs) are key enzymes for the saccharification of cellulose and play major roles in industrial settings for biofuel production. The catalytic core domain of these enzymes exhibits a long and narrow binding tunnel capable of binding glucan chains from crystalline cellulose and processively hydrolyze them. The binding cleft is topped by a set of loops, which are believed to play key roles in substrate binding and cleavage processivity. Here, we present an analysis of the loop motions of the Trichoderma reesei Cel7A catalytic core domain (TrCel7A) using conventional and accelerated molecular dynamics simulations. We observe that the loops exhibit highly coupled fluctuations and cannot move independently of each other. In the absence of a substrate, the characteristic large amplitude dynamics of TrCel7A consists of breathing motions, where the loops undergo open-and-close fluctuations. Upon substrate binding, the open-close fluctuations of the loops are quenched and one of the loops moves parallel to the binding site, possibly to allow processive motion along the glucan chain. Using microsecond accelerated molecular dynamics, we observe large-scale fluctuations of the loops (up to 37 A) and the entire exposure of the TrCel7A binding site in the absence of the substrate, resembling an endoglucanase. These results suggest that the initial CBH-substrate contact and substrate recognition by the enzyme are similar to that of endoglucanases and, once bound to the substrate, the loops remain closed for proper enzymatic activity. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/10448-1 - Molecular aspects of plant cell wall architecture
Grantee:Rodrigo Leandro Silveira
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/08293-7 - CCES - Center for Computational Engineering and Sciences
Grantee:Munir Salomao Skaf
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC