Biocatalytic copper centers are generally involved in the activation and reduction of dioxygen, with only few exceptions known. Here we report the discovery and characterization of a previously undescribed copper center that forms the active site of a copper-containing enzyme thiocyanate dehydrogenase (suggested EC 18.104.22.168) that was purified from the haloalkaliphilic sulfur-oxidizing bacterium of the genus Thioalkalivibrio ubiquitous in saline alkaline soda lakes. The copper cluster is formed by three copper ions located at the corners of a near-isosceles triangle and facilitates a direct thiocyanate conversion into cyanate, elemental sulfur, and two reducing equivalents without involvement of molecular oxygen. A molecular mechanism of catalysis is suggested based on high-resolution three-dimensional structures, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) simulations, kinetic studies, and the results of site-directed mutagenesis.
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- Copper centers
- Crystal structure
- Molecular mechanism
- Thiocyanate dehydrogenase