Evolution of function in the crotonase superfamily: The stereochemical course of the reaction catalyzed by 2-ketocyclohexanecarboxyl-CoA hydrolase

Ellen D. Eberhard, John Alan Gerlt

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Members of the mechanistically diverse enoyl-CoA hydratase (crotonase) superfamily catalyze reactions that involve stabilization of an enolate anion derived from an acyl thioester of coenzyme A. 2-Ketocyclohexanecarboxyl-CoA hydrolase (BadI), found in a pathway for anaerobic degradation of benzoate by Rhodopseudomonas palustris, is a member of the crotonase superfamily that catalyzes a reverse Dieckmann reaction in which the substrate is hydrolyzed to pimelyl-CoA. The substrate is the configurationally labile 2S-ketocyclohexanecarboxyl-CoA, and in 2H2O solvent hydrogen is incorporated into the 2-proS position of the pimelyl-CoA product. Therefore, the stereochemical course of the BadI-catalyzed reaction is inversion. This information is important for understanding the roles of active-site functional groups in the active site of BadI as well as in the active sites of the homologous 1,4-dihydroxynaphthoyl-CoA synthases that catalyze a forward Dieckmann reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7188-7189
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 16 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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