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Two Dynamical Regimes of the Substrate Radical Rearrangement Reaction in B12-Dependent Ethanolamine Ammonia-Lyase Resolve Contributions of Native Protein Configurations and Collective Configurational Fluctuations to Catalysis

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posted on 26.05.2017, 00:00 by Meghan Kohne, Chen Zhu, Kurt Warncke
The kinetics of the substrate radical rearrangement reaction step in B12-dependent ethanolamine ammonia-lyase (EAL) from Salmonella typhimurium are measured over a 92 K temperature range. The observed first-order rate constants display a piecewise-continuous Arrhenius dependence, with linear regions over 295 → 220 K (monoexponential) and 214 → 203 K (biexponential) that are delineated by a kinetic bifurcation and kinks at 219 and 217 K, respectively. The results are interpreted by using a free energy landscape model and derived microscopic kinetic mechanism. The bifurcation and kink transitions correspond to the effective quenching of two distinct sets of native collective protein configurational fluctuations that (1) reconfigure the protein within the substrate radical free energy minimum, in a reaction-enabling step, and (2) create the protein configurations associated with the chemical step. Below 217 K, the substrate radical decay reaction persists. Increases in activation enthalpy and entropy of both the microscopic enabling and reaction steps indicate that this non-native reaction coordinate is conducted by local, incremental fluctuations. Continuity in the Arrhenius relations indicates that the same sets of protein groups and interactions mediate the rearrangement over the 295 to 203 K range, but with a repertoire of configurations below 217 K that is restricted, relative to the native configurations accessible above 219 K. The experimental features of a culled reaction step, first-order kinetic measurements, and wide room-to-cryogenic temperature range, allow the direct demonstration and kinetic characterization of protein dynamical contributions to the core adiabatic, bond-making/bond-breaking reaction in EAL.