Enzyme control of small-molecule coordination in FosA as revealed by 31P pulsed ENDOR and ESE-EPR

Charles J. Walsby, Joshua Telser, Rachel E. Rigsby, Richard N. Armstrong, Brian M. Hoffman*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Scopus citations


FosA is a manganese metalloglutathione transferase that confers resistance to the broad-spectrum antibiotic fosfomycin, which contains a phosphonate group. The active site of this enzyme consists of a high-spin Mn2+ ion coordinated by endogenous ligands (a glutamate and two histidine residues) and by exogenous ligands, such as substrate fosfomycin. To study the Mn2+ coordination environment of FosA in the presence of substrate and the inhibitors phosphonoformate and phosphate, we have used 31P pulsed electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) at 35 GHz to obtain metrical information from 31P-Mn2+ interactions. We have found that continuous wave (CW) 31P ENDOR is not successful in the study of phosphates and phosphonates coordinated to Mn2+. Parallel studies of phosph(on)ate binding to the Mn2+ of FosA and to aqueous Mn 2+ ion disclose how the enzyme modifies the coordination of these molecules to the active site Mn2+. Through analysis of 31P hyperfine parameters derived from simulations of the ENDOR spectra we have determined the binding modes of the phosph(on)ates in each sample and discerned details of the geometric and electronic structure of the metal center. The 31P ENDOR studies of the protein samples agree with, or improve on, the Mn-P distances determined from crystal structures and provide Mn-phosph(on)ate bonding information not available from these studies. Electron spin echo electron paramagnetic resonance (ESE-EPR) spectra have also been recorded. Simulation of these spectra yield the axial and rhombic components of the Mn2+ (S = 5/2) zero-field splitting (zfs) tensor. Comparison of structural inferences based on these zfs parameters both with the known enzyme structures and the 31P ENDOR results establishes that the time-honored procedure of analyzing Mn2+ zfs parameters to describe the coordination environment of the metal ion is not valid or productive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8310-8319
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 15 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Enzyme control of small-molecule coordination in FosA as revealed by 31P pulsed ENDOR and ESE-EPR'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this