Comparing the acceptor promiscuity of a Rosa hybrida glucosyltransferase RhGT1 and an engineered microbial glucosyltransferase OleD(PSA) toward a small flavonoid library.

Carbohydrate research

PubMedID: 23337250

Wang L, Han W, Xie C, Hou J, Fang Q, Gu J, Wang PG, Cheng J. Comparing the acceptor promiscuity of a Rosa hybrida glucosyltransferase RhGT1 and an engineered microbial glucosyltransferase OleD(PSA) toward a small flavonoid library. Carbohydr Res. 2013;36873-7.
Glycosylation is a widespread modification of plant secondary metabolites, and catalyzed by a superfamily of enzymes called UDP-glycosyltransferases (UGTs). UGTs are often involved in late biosynthetic steps and show broad substrate specificity or regioselectivity. In this study, the acceptor promiscuity of a Rosa hybrid UGT RhGT1 and an evolved microbial UGT OleD(PSA) toward a small flavonoid library was probed and compared. Interestingly, RhGT1 showed comparable acceptor promiscuity in comparison with OleD(PSA), though the acceptor binding pocket of the latter is much more open and large. This clearly indicates that stabilization of the acceptor position by suitable hydrophobic interactions is important for the specificity or regioselectivity determination as well as overall fit of the acceptor into a 'big enough' binding pocket. This also poses a challenge for structure-based UGT engineering to alter the glucosylation pattern of flavonoids.