Structure and dynamics of UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase from Arabidopsis thaliana with bound UDP-glucose and UTP

J Mol Biol. 2007 Feb 23;366(3):830-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2006.11.059. Epub 2006 Nov 21.


The structure of the UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase encoded by Arabidopsis thaliana gene At3g03250 has been solved to a nominal resolution of 1.86 Angstroms. In addition, the structure has been solved in the presence of the substrates/products UTP and UDP-glucose to nominal resolutions of 1.64 Angstroms and 1.85 Angstroms. The three structures revealed a catalytic domain similar to that of other nucleotidyl-glucose pyrophosphorylases with a carboxy-terminal beta-helix domain in a unique orientation. Conformational changes are observed between the native and substrate-bound complexes. The nucleotide-binding loop and the carboxy-terminal domain, including the suspected catalytically important Lys360, move in and out of the active site in a concerted fashion. TLS refinement was employed initially to model conformational heterogeneity in the UDP-glucose complex followed by the use of multiconformer refinement for the entire molecule. Normal mode analysis generated atomic displacement predictions in good agreement in magnitude and direction with the observed conformational changes and anisotropic displacement parameters generated by TLS refinement. The structures and the observed dynamic changes provide insight into the ordered mechanism of this enzyme and previously described oligomerization effects on catalytic activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / enzymology*
  • Binding Sites
  • Humans
  • Models, Molecular
  • Protein Folding
  • Protein Structure, Quaternary
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Substrate Specificity
  • UTP-Glucose-1-Phosphate Uridylyltransferase / chemistry*
  • UTP-Glucose-1-Phosphate Uridylyltransferase / metabolism*
  • Uridine Diphosphate Glucose / metabolism*
  • Uridine Triphosphate / metabolism*


  • UTP-Glucose-1-Phosphate Uridylyltransferase
  • Uridine Triphosphate
  • Uridine Diphosphate Glucose

Associated data

  • PDB/1Z90