A comparative study of type I and type II tryparedoxin peroxidases in Leishmania major

Janine König, Alan H. Fairlamb

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    The genome of Leishmania major, the causative agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis, contains three almost identical genes encoding putative glutathione peroxidases, which differ only at their N- and C-termini. Because the gene homologues are essential in trypanosomes, they may also represent potential drug targets in Leishmania. Recombinant protein for the shortest of these showed negligible peroxidase activity with glutathione as the electron donor indicating that it is not a bone fide glutathione peroxidase. By contrast, high peroxidase activity was obtained with tryparedoxin, indicating that these proteins belong to a new class of monomeric tryparedoxin-dependent peroxidases (TDPX) distinct from the classical decameric 2-Cys peroxiredoxins (TryP). Mass spectrometry studies revealed that oxidation of TDPX1 with peroxides results in the formation of an intramolecular disulfide bridge between Cys35 and Cys83. Site-directed mutagenesis and kinetic studies showed that Cys35 is essential for peroxidase activity, whereas Cys83 is essential for reduction by tryparedoxin. Detailed kinetic studies comparing TDPX1 and TryP1 showed that both enzymes obey saturation ping-pong kinetics with respect to tryparedoxin and peroxide. Both enzymes show high affinity for tryparedoxin and broad substrate specificity for hydroperoxides. TDPX1 shows higher affinity towards hydrogen peroxide and cumene hydroperoxide than towards t-butyl hydroperoxide, whereas no specific substrate preference could be detected for TryP1. TDPX1 exhibits rate constants up to 8 x 10(4) m(-1).s(-1), whereas TryP1 exhibits higher rate constants approximately 10(6) m(-1).s(-1). All three TDPX proteins together constitute approximately 0.05% of the L. major promastigote protein content, whereas the TryPs are approximately 40 times more abundant. Possible specific functions of TDPXs are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5643-5658
    Number of pages16
    JournalFEBS Journal
    Issue number21
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


    • Amino Acid Sequence
    • Animals
    • Kinetics
    • Leishmania major
    • Molecular Sequence Data
    • Mutagenesis, Site-Directed
    • Peroxidases
    • Protozoan Proteins
    • Sequence Alignment
    • Time Factors
    • Tryptophan


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