Structure of trypanothione reductase from Crithidia fasciculata at 2.6 Angstroms resolution; Enzyme-NADP interactions at 2.8 Angstroms resolution

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Trypanothione reductase is an FAD-dependent disulfide oxidoreductase which catalyses the reduction of trypanothione using NADPH as co-factor. The enzyme is unique to protozoan parasites from the genera Trypanosoma and Leishmania and is an important target for the design of improved antitrypanocidal drugs. We present details of the structure of trypanothione reductase from Crithidia fasciculata solved by molecular replacement, using human glutathione reductase as a search model, and refined to an R factor of 16.1% with data between 8.0 and 2.6 Å resolution. The model comprises two subunits (one containing 487 residues, the other 486), an FAD prosthetic group, plus 392 solvent molecules. The last four C-terminal residues are not seen in either subunit and the density is poor for the N-terminal residue of subunit B. The model has a root-mean-square deviation from ideality of 0.016 Å for bond lengths and 3.2° for bond angles. Each subunit was independently refined in the latter stages of the analysis but the subunits remain similar as indicated by the root-mean-square deviation of 0.35 Å for C[alpha] atoms. Trypanothione reductase has 36% sequence identity with human glutathione reductase and the root-mean-square deviation between the 462 C[alpha] atoms in the secondary structural units common to the two proteins is 1.1 Å. However, there are large differences in the loop regions and significant shifts in the orientation of the four domains within each subunit. Domain II, which binds the dinucleotide co-factor, and domain IV, which forms the interface between the two subunits, are both rotated by approximately 5° with respect to domain I, which binds the FAD moiety, when compared with glutathione reductase. Crystals of trypanothione reductase have been soaked in the dinucleotide co-factor NADPH and N1-glutathionylspermidine disulfide substrate and the structure of the resulting complex determined at 2.8 Å resolution. Strong density is observed for the adenosine end of the co-factor which forms many charged interactions with the protein though the density for the nicotinamide moiety is more diffuse. The mode of binding indicates that NADP is bound to the enzyme in a similar conformation to that observed with human glutathione reductase.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalActa Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1994

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