Type of Document Dissertation Author Dahche, Hanan Mohamad Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04142010-151033 Title Dual-specific protein phosphatases in the Archaea Degree PhD Department Biochemistry Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Kennelly, Peter J. Committee Chair Bevan, David R. Committee Member Helm, Richard Frederick Committee Member Li, Jianyong Committee Member Keywords
- dual-specific phosphatase
- protein tyrosine phosphatase
- protein phosphorylation
Date of Defense 2010-04-02 Availability restricted Abstract
Three distinct families of PTPs, the conventional (cPTPs), low molecular weight (LMW PTPs), and Cdc25 PTPs, have converged upon a common catalytic mechanism and active site sequence, mainly, the phosphate-binding loop encompassing the PTP signature motif (H/V)C(X)5R(S/T) and an essential Asp residue on a surface loop. There is little sequence similarity among the three families of phosphatases. All known LMW PTP remove phosphoryl groups esterified to the hydroxyl amino acid: tyrosine, whereas all members of the Cdc25 family are dual-specificity protein phosphatases that dephosphorylate all the hydroxyl amino acids: tyrosine, serine and threonine. The cPTP family primarily functions as tyrosine phosphatases, but it also includes dual-specific members.
ORFs encoding potential cPTPs have been identified in five archaeal species: Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum, Methanococcus jannaschii, Thermococcus kodakaraensis, Pyrococcus horikoshii, and S. solfataricus. Only one has been partially characterized, Tk-PTP from T. kodakaraensis. Hence, our current body of knowledge concerning the functional properties and physiological roles of these enzymes remains fragmented.
The genome of S. solfataricus encodes a single conventional protein tyrosine phosphatase, SsoPTP. SsoPTP is the smallest known archaeal PTP (18.3 kDa) with a primary amino acid sequence that conforms to the cPTP protein tyrosine phosphatase paradigm, HCX5R(S/T).
Relatively little is known about its mode of action – whether it follows the conventional PTP mechanism or employs a different route for catalysis – or its physiological role.
ORF sso2453 from the genome of Sulfolobus solfataricus, encoding a protein tyrosine phosphatase, was cloned and its recombinant protein product, SsoPTP, was expressed in E. coli and purified by immobilized metal affinity chromatography. SsoPTP displayed the ability to dephosphorylate protein-bound phosphotyrosine as well as protein-bound phosphoserine/phosphothreonine. SsoPTP hydrolyzed both isomers of naphthyl phosphate, an indication of dual specificity. The four conserved residues within the presumed active site sequence: Asp69, His95, Cys96, and Arg102, and the invariant Gln139 residue were essential for catalysis, as it was predicted for the established members of the PTP family in both bacteria and eukaryotes. A substrate trapping protein variant, SsoPTP-C96S/D69A, was constructed to isolate possible SsoPTP substrates present in S. solfataricus cell lysates. Several potential substrates were isolated and identified by mass spectroscopy.
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