Structural and electronic determinants of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase reactivity on polysaccharide substrates

Thomas J Simmons, Kristian E H Frandsen, Luisa Ciano, Theodora Tryfona, Nicolas Lenfant, Jens-Christian N. Poulsen, Louis F. L. Wilson, Tobias Tandrup, Morten Tovborg, Kirk Schnorr, Katja Salomon Johansen, Bernard Henrissat, Paul Howard Walton, Leila Lo Leggio, Paul Dupree

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Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are industrially important copper-dependent enzymes that oxidatively cleave polysaccharides. Here we present a functional and structural characterization of two closely related AA9-family LPMOs from Lentinus similis (LsAA9A) and Collariella virescens (CvAA9A). LsAA9A and CvAA9A cleave a range of polysaccharides, including cellulose, xyloglucan, mixed-linkage glucan and glucomannan. LsAA9A additionally cleaves isolated xylan substrates. The structures of CvAA9A and of LsAA9A bound to cellulosic and non-cellulosic oligosaccharides provide insight into the molecular determinants of their specificity. Spectroscopic measurements reveal differences in copper co-ordination upon the binding of xylan and glucans. LsAA9A activity is less sensitive to the reducing agent potential when cleaving xylan, suggesting that distinct catalytic mechanisms exist for xylan and glucan cleavage. Overall, these data show that AA9 LPMOs can display different apparent substrate specificities dependent upon both productive protein–carbohydrate interactions across a binding surface and also electronic considerations at the copper active site.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1064 (2017)
Number of pages12
JournalNature Communications
Early online date20 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2017

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  • Catalytic Domain
  • Copper/chemistry
  • Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Fungal Proteins/chemistry
  • Mixed Function Oxygenases/chemistry
  • Models, Molecular
  • Polyporaceae/enzymology
  • Polysaccharides/chemistry
  • Sordariales/enzymology
  • Substrate Specificity

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