Role of LYS271 and LYS279 residues in the interaction of cytochrome P4501A1 with NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase

Arch Biochem Biophys. 2001 Jan 15;385(2):290-300. doi: 10.1006/abbi.2000.2174.


It has been proposed that negatively charged amino acids on the surface of reductase and positively charged amino acids on the surface of P450 mediate the binding of both proteins through electrostatic interactions. In this study, we used a site-directed mutagenesis approach to determine a role for two lysine residues (Lys271 and Lys279) of cytochrome P4501A1 in the interaction of P4501A1 with reductase. We prepared two mutants P4501A1Ile271 and P4501A1Ile279 with a mutation of the lysine at positions 271 and 279, respectively. We observed a strong inhibition (>80%) of the 7-ethoxycoumarin and ethoxyresorufin deethylation activity in the reductase-supported system for both mutants. In the cumene hydroperoxide-supported system, P4501A1Ile279 exhibited wild-type activity, but the P4501A1Ile271 mutant activity remained low. The CD spectrum and substrate-binding assay indicated that the secondary structure of P4501A1Ile271 is perturbed. To evaluate further the involvement of these P4501A1 lysine residues in reductase binding, we measured the KM of reductase for wild type and mutants. Both wild type and P4501A1Ile271 reached saturation in the range of reductase concentrations tested with KM values 5.1 and 11.2 pM, respectively. The calculated KM value for P4501A1Ile279 increased 9-fold, 44.4 pM, suggesting that the mutation affected binding of reductase to P4501A1. Stopped-flow spectroscopy was employed to evaluate the effect of mutations on electron transfer from reductase to heme iron. Both wild type and P450Ile279 showed biphasic kinetics with a approximately 40% participation of the fast step in the total activity. On the other hand, only single-phase kinetics for iron reduction was observed for P450Ile271, suggesting that the low activity of this mutant can be attributed not only to major structural changes but also to a disturbance in the electron transport.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Substitution / genetics
  • Benzene Derivatives / metabolism
  • Binding Sites
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Coumarins / metabolism
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP1A1 / chemistry*
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP1A1 / genetics
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP1A1 / metabolism*
  • Electron Transport
  • Flavin-Adenine Dinucleotide / metabolism
  • Heme / metabolism
  • Iron / metabolism
  • Kinetics
  • Lysine / genetics
  • Lysine / metabolism*
  • Mutation / genetics
  • NADPH-Ferrihemoprotein Reductase / chemistry*
  • NADPH-Ferrihemoprotein Reductase / genetics
  • NADPH-Ferrihemoprotein Reductase / metabolism*
  • Oxazines / metabolism
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Secondary


  • Benzene Derivatives
  • Coumarins
  • Oxazines
  • Flavin-Adenine Dinucleotide
  • 7-ethoxycoumarin
  • Heme
  • ethoxyresorufin
  • Iron
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP1A1
  • NADPH-Ferrihemoprotein Reductase
  • Lysine
  • cumene hydroperoxide