Structural and enzymatic properties of mammalian D-glutamate cyclase

Masumi Katane, Makoto Ariyoshi, Shuhei Tateishi, Sachi Koiwai, Kaoruko Takaku, Kenichiro Nagai, Kazuki Nakayama, Yasuaki Saitoh, Tetsuya Miyamoto, Masae Sekine, Masashi Mita, Kenji Hamase, Satoaki Matoba, Hiroshi Homma

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D-Glutamate cyclase (DGLUCY) is a unique enzyme that reversibly converts free D-glutamate to 5-oxo-D-proline and H2O. Mammalian DGLUCY is highly expressed in the mitochondrial matrix in the heart, and its downregulation disrupts D-glutamate and/or 5-oxo-D-proline levels, contributing to the onset and/or exacerbation of heart failure. However, detailed characterisation of DGLUCY has not yet been performed. Herein, the structural and enzymatic properties of purified recombinant mouse DGLUCY were examined. The results revealed a dimeric oligomerisation state, and both D-glutamate-to-5-oxo-D-proline and 5-oxo-D-proline-to-D-glutamate reactions were catalysed in a stereospecific manner. Catalytic activity is modulated by divalent cations and nucleotides including ATP and ADP. Interestingly, the presence of Mn2+ completely abolished the 5-oxo-D-proline-to-D-glutamate reaction but stimulated the D-glutamate-to-5-oxo-D-proline reaction. The optimum pH is ∼8.0, similar to that in the mitochondrial matrix, and the catalytic efficiency for D-glutamate is markedly higher than that for 5-oxo-D-proline. These findings suggest that DGLUCY functions as a metalloenzyme that degrades D-glutamate in the mitochondrial matrix in mammalian cells. The results also provide insight into the correlation between DGLUCY enzyme activity and the physiological and pathological roles of D-glutamate and 5-oxo-D-proline in cardiac function, which is of relevance to the risk of onset of heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Publication statusPublished - Sept 15 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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