Unique utilization of a phosphoprotein phosphatase fold by a mammalian phosphodiesterase associated with WAGR syndrome.

Metallophosphoesterase-domain-containing protein 2 (MPPED2) is a highly evolutionarily conserved protein with orthologs found from worms to humans. The human MPPED2 gene is found in a region of chromosome 11 that is deleted in patients with WAGR (Wilms tumor, aniridia, genitourinary anomalies, and mental retardation) syndrome, and MPPED2 may function as a tumor suppressor. However, the precise cellular roles of MPPED2 are unknown, and its low phosphodiesterase activity suggests that substrate hydrolysis may not be its prime function. We present here the structures of MPPED2 and two mutants, which show that the poor activity of MPPED2 is not only a consequence of the substitution of an active-site histidine residue by glycine but also due to binding of AMP or GMP to the active site. This feature, enhanced by structural elements of the protein, allows MPPED2 to utilize the conserved phosphoprotein-phosphatase-like fold in a unique manner, ensuring that its enzymatic activity can be combined with a possible role as a scaffolding or adaptor protein.
AuthorsUrška Dermol, Vishnu Janardan, Richa Tyagi, Sandhya S Visweswariah, Marjetka Podobnik
JournalJournal of molecular biology (J Mol Biol) Vol. 412 Issue 3 Pg. 481-94 (Sep 23 2011) ISSN: 1089-8638 [Electronic] England
PMID21824479 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
CopyrightCopyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Chemical References
  • Mutant Proteins
  • Adenosine Monophosphate
  • Guanosine Monophosphate
  • MPPED2 protein, human
  • Phosphoric Diester Hydrolases
  • Adenosine Monophosphate (metabolism)
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Amino Acid Substitution (genetics)
  • Catalytic Domain
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Guanosine Monophosphate (metabolism)
  • Humans
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutant Proteins (chemistry, genetics, metabolism)
  • Phosphoric Diester Hydrolases (chemistry, genetics, metabolism)
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid

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