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Characterization of a buried neutral histidine in Bacillus circulans xylanase: Internal dynamics and interaction with a bound water molecule

TitleCharacterization of a buried neutral histidine in Bacillus circulans xylanase: Internal dynamics and interaction with a bound water molecule
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsConnelly, GP, McIntosh, LP
Date PublishedFeb
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0006-2960

NMR spectroscopy was used to characterize the dynamic behavior of His149 in Bacillus circulans xylanase (BCX) and its interaction with an internal water molecule. Rate constants for the specific acid-and base-catalyzed exchange following bimolecular kinetics (EX2) of the nitrogen-bonded H-epsilon 2 of this buried, neutral histidine were determined, At pD(min) 7.0 and 30 degrees C, the lifetime for this proton is 9.9 h, corresponding to a protection factor of similar to 10(7) relative to that predicted for an exposed histidine, The apparent activation energies measured for specific acid and base catalysis (7.0 and 17.4 kcal/mol) indicate that exchange occurs via local structural fluctuations. Consistent with its buried environment, the N-epsilon 2-H bond vector of His149 shows restricted mobility, as evidenced by an order parameter S-2 = 0.83 determined from N-15 relaxation measurements, The crystal structure of BCX reveals that a conserved, buried water hydrogen-bonds to the H-epsilon 2 of His149. Strong support for this interaction in solution is provided by the observation of a negative nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) and positive rotating-frame Overhauser effect (ROE) between His149 H-epsilon 2 and a water molecule with the same chemical shift as the bulk solvent. However, the chemical shift of H-epsilon 2 (12.2 ppm) and a D/H fractionation factor close to unity (0.89 +/- 0.02) indicate that this is nor a so-called low-barrier hydrogen bond. Lower and upper bounds on the lifetime of the internal water are estimated to be 10(-8) and 10(-3) s. Therefore the chemical exchange of solvent protons with those of His149 H-epsilon 2 and the diffusion or physical exchange of the internal water to which the histidine is hydrogen-bonded differ in rate by over 7 orders of magnitude.

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