A super-secondary structure predicted to be common to several alpha-1,4-D-glucan-cleaving enzymes

E. A. MacGregor, Birte Svensson

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Abstract

Predictions of protein secondary structure are used with amino acid sequence alignments to show that the N-terminal domains of cyclodextrin glucanotransferases and a yeast alpha-glucosidase may have the same super-secondary structure as alpha-amylases, i.e. an (alpha/beta)8-barrel fold. Sequence similarities provide evidence that glucanotransferases, and possibly the glucosidase, are, like alpha-amylases, Ca2+-containing enzymes. The relationship between substrate specificity and the nature of the amino acid residues proposed at the active site is discussed for the transferases and alpha-glucosidase. A set of three programs for an Apple IIe computer to carry out the calculations described by Garnier, Osguthorpe & Robson [(1978) J. Mol. Biol. 120, 97-120] and a set of four programs for an Apple IIe computer to carry out the calculations described by Levin, Robson & Garnier [(1986) FEBS Lett. 205, 303-308] have been deposited as Supplementary Publication SUP 50149 (25 pages) at the British Library Document Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ, U.K., from whom copies can be obtained on the terms indicated in Biochem. J. (1989) 257, 5.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiochemical Journal
Volume259
Pages (from-to)145-152
ISSN0264-6021
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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