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3rti, resolution 2.80Å ()
Sites: , , , , , , , and
Ligands: , , ,
Activity: rRNA N-glycosylase, with EC number
Related: 2aai, 3rtj

Resources: FirstGlance, OCA, PDBsum, RCSB
Coordinates: save as pdb, mmCIF, xml

Crystal structure of ricin bound with formycin monophosphate

Publication Abstract from PubMed

Ricin A-chain is an N-glycosidase that hydrolyzes the adenine ring from a specific adenosine of rRNA. Formycin monophosphate (FMP) and adenyl(3'-->5')guanosine (ApG) were bound to ricin A-chain and their structures elucidated by X-ray crystallography. The formycin ring stacks between tyrosines 80 and 123 and at least four hydrogen bonds are made to the adenine moiety. A residue invariant in this enzyme class, Arg180, appears to hydrogen bond to N-3 of the susceptible adenine. Three hypothetical models for binding a true hexanucleotide substrate, CGAGAG, are proposed. They incorporate adenine binding, shown by crystallography, but also include geometry likely to favor catalysis. For example, efforts have been made to orient the ribose ring in a way that allows solvent attack and oxycarbonium stabilization by the enzyme. The favored model is a simple perturbation of the tetraloop structure determined by nuclear magnetic resonance for similar polynucleotides. The model is attractive in that specific roles are defined for conserved protein residues. A mechanism of action is proposed. It invokes oxycarbonium ion stabilization on ribose by Glu177 in the transition state. Arg180 stabilizes anion development on the leaving adenine by protonation at N-3 and may activate a trapped water molecule that is the ultimate nucleophile in the depurination.

X-ray analysis of substrate analogs in the ricin A-chain active site., Monzingo AF, Robertus JD, J Mol Biol. 1992 Oct 20;227(4):1136-45. PMID:1433290

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

About this Structure

3rti is a 2 chain structure with sequence from Ricinus communis. This structure supersedes the now removed PDB entry 1fmp. Full crystallographic information is available from OCA.


  • Monzingo AF, Robertus JD. X-ray analysis of substrate analogs in the ricin A-chain active site. J Mol Biol. 1992 Oct 20;227(4):1136-45. PMID:1433290

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