Mechanisms of the tRNA wobble cytidine modification essential for AUA codon decoding in prokaryotes

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Abstract

Bacteria and archaea have 2-lysylcytidine (L or lysidine) and 2-agmatinylcytidine (agm (agm2C or agmatidine), respectively, at the first (wobble) position of the anticodon of the AUA codon-specific tRNAIle. These lysine- or agmatine-conjugated cytidine derivatives are crucial for the precise decoding of the genetic code. L is synthesized by tRNA tRNAelI-lysidine synthetase (TilS), which uses L-lysine and ATP as substrates. Agm2C formation is catalyzed by tRNAelI-agm2C synthetase (TiaS), which uses agmatine and ATP for the reaction. Despite the fact that TilS and TiaS synthesize structurally similar cytidine derivatives, these enzymes belong to nonrelated protein families. Therefore, these enzymes modify the wobble cytidine by distinct catalytic mechanisms, in which TilS activates the C2 carbon of the wobble cytidine by adenylation, while TiaS activates it by phosphorylation. In contrast, TilS and TiaS share similar tRNA recognition mechanisms, in which the enzymes recognize the tRNA acceptor stem to discriminate tRNAIle and tRNAMet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-353
Number of pages7
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Volume79
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

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