Structural Insights into the CotB2-Catalyzed Cyclization of Geranylgeranyl Diphosphate to the Diterpene Cyclooctat-9-en-7-ol

Takeo Tomita, Seung Young Kim, Kazuya Teramoto, Ayuko Meguro, Taro Ozaki, Ayako Yoshida, Yudai Motoyoshi, Naoki Mori, Ken Ishigami, Hidenori Watanabe, Makoto Nishiyama, Tomohisa Kuzuyama

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The diterpene cyclase CotB2 catalyzes the cyclization of geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) to the tricyclic cyclooctat-9-en-7-ol, which is characterized by a 5-8-5-fused ring skeleton. We have previously proposed a cyclization cascade involving a unique carbon-carbon bond rearrangement combined with multiple hydride shifts, all occurring at a single active site. Here, we report the first high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of CotB2 with bound substrate analog geranylgeranyl thiodiphosphate (GGSPP). In the GGSPP-bound form, GGSPP folds into a unique S-shaped conformation that probably reflects the substrate-bound state prior to ionization of the substrate GGPP. The folded framework of GGSPP is surrounded by hydrophobic residues and several aromatic and asparagine residues that are well-positioned to stabilize a series of reactive carbocation intermediates through a combination of cation-π and dipole charge interactions. The combined crystal structures and mutagenesis-based biochemical assays provide a structural basis for exquisite control of ring formation and stereochemistry during CotB2 catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1621-1628
Number of pages8
JournalACS Chemical Biology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 16
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine


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