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1bhg, resolution 2.53Å ()
Ligands: , ,
Activity: Beta-glucuronidase, with EC number
Resources: FirstGlance, OCA, RCSB, PDBsum
Coordinates: save as pdb, mmCIF, xml



Publication Abstract from PubMed

The X-ray structure of the homotetrameric lysosomal acid hydrolase, human beta-glucuronidase (332,000 Mr), has been determined at 2.6 A resolution. The tetramer has approximate dihedral symmetry and each promoter consists of three structural domains with topologies similar to a jelly roll barrel, an immunoglobulin constant domain and a TIM barrel respectively. Residues 179-204 form a beta-hairpin motif similar to the putative lysosomal targeting motif of cathepsin D, supporting the view that lysosomal targeting has a structural basis. The active site of the enzyme is formed from a large cleft at the interface of two monomers. Residues Glu 451 and Glu 540 are proposed to be important for catalysis. The structure establishes a framework for understanding mutations that lead to the human genetic disease mucopolysaccharidosis VII, and for using the enzyme in anti-cancer therapy.

Structure of human beta-glucuronidase reveals candidate lysosomal targeting and active-site motifs., Jain S, Drendel WB, Chen ZW, Mathews FS, Sly WS, Grubb JH, Nat Struct Biol. 1996 Apr;3(4):375-81. PMID:8599764

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


[BGLR_HUMAN] Defects in GUSB are the cause of mucopolysaccharidosis type 7 (MPS7) [MIM:253220]; also known as Sly syndrome. MPS7 is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease characterized by inability to degrade glucuronic acid-containing glycosaminoglycans. The phenotype is highly variable, ranging from severe lethal hydrops fetalis to mild forms with survival into adulthood. Most patients with the intermediate phenotype show hepatomegaly, skeletal anomalies, coarse facies, and variable degrees of mental impairment.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] Note=Mucopolysaccharidosis type 7 is associated with non-immune hydrops fetalis, a generalized edema of the fetus with fluid accumulation in the body cavities due to non-immune causes. Non-immune hydrops fetalis is not a diagnosis in itself but a symptom, a feature of many genetic disorders, and the end-stage of a wide variety of disorders.


[BGLR_HUMAN] Plays an important role in the degradation of dermatan and keratan sulfates.

About this Structure

1bhg is a 2 chain structure with sequence from Homo sapiens. Full crystallographic information is available from OCA.


  • Jain S, Drendel WB, Chen ZW, Mathews FS, Sly WS, Grubb JH. Structure of human beta-glucuronidase reveals candidate lysosomal targeting and active-site motifs. Nat Struct Biol. 1996 Apr;3(4):375-81. PMID:8599764
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  9. Islam MR, Vervoort R, Lissens W, Hoo JJ, Valentino LA, Sly WS. beta-Glucuronidase P408S, P415L mutations: evidence that both mutations combine to produce an MPS VII allele in certain Mexican patients. Hum Genet. 1996 Sep;98(3):281-4. PMID:8707294
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  12. Schwartz I, Silva LR, Leistner S, Todeschini LA, Burin MG, Pina-Neto JM, Islam RM, Shah GN, Sly WS, Giugliani R. Mucopolysaccharidosis VII: clinical, biochemical and molecular investigation of a Brazilian family. Clin Genet. 2003 Aug;64(2):172-5. PMID:12859417
  13. Storch S, Wittenstein B, Islam R, Ullrich K, Sly WS, Braulke T. Mutational analysis in longest known survivor of mucopolysaccharidosis type VII. Hum Genet. 2003 Feb;112(2):190-4. Epub 2002 Nov 5. PMID:12522561 doi:10.1007/s00439-002-0849-5

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