OMP decarboxylase: Phosphodianion binding energy is used to stabilize a vinyl carbanion intermediate

Bogdana Goryanova, Tina L. Amyes, John A. Gerlt, John P. Richard

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Orotidine 5′-monophosphate decarboxylase (OMPDC) catalyzes the exchange for deuterium from solvent D2O of the C-6 proton of 1-(β-d-erythrofuranosyl)-5-fluorouracil (FEU), a phosphodianion truncated product analog. The deuterium exchange reaction of FEU is accelerated 1.8 × 104-fold by 1 M phosphite dianion (HPO3 2-). This corresponds to a 5.8 kcal/mol stabilization of the vinyl carbanion-like transition state, which is similar to the 7.8 kcal/mol stabilization of the transition state for OMPDC-catalyzed decarboxylation of a truncated substrate analog by bound HPO32-. These results show that the intrinsic binding energy of phosphite dianion is used in the stabilization of the vinyl carbanion-like transition state common to the decarboxylation and deuterium exchange reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6545-6548
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 4 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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