Structural and molecular dynamic studies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa OdaA reveal the regulation role of a C-terminal hinge element

Biochim Biophys Acta Gen Subj. 2021 Jan;1865(1):129756. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2020.129756. Epub 2020 Oct 1.


Background: Crotonase superfamily members exhibit great catalytic diversity towards various acyl-CoA substrates. A common CoA moiety binding pattern is usually observed in this family, understanding the substrate-binding mechanism would facilitate the rational engineering of crotonases for improved properties.

Methods: We applied X-ray crystallography to investigate a putative enoyl-CoA hydratase/isomerase OdaA in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Thermal shift assay (TSA) were performed to explore the binding of OdaA with CoA thioester substrates. Furthermore, we performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to elucidate the dynamics of its CoA-binding site.

Results: We solved the crystal structures of the apo and CoA-bound OdaA. Thermal shift assay (TSA) showed that CoA thioester substrates bind to OdaA with a different degree. MD simulations demonstrated that the C-terminal alpha helix underwent a structural transition and a hinge region would associate with this conformational change.

Conclusions: TSA in combination with MD simulations elucidate that the dynamics of C-terminal alpha helix in CoA-binding, and a hinge region play an important role in conformational change.

General significance: Those results help to extend our knowledge about the nature of crotonases and would be informative for future mechanistic studies and industry applications.

Keywords: Crotonase; Crystal structure; Dynamic simulation; Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Enoyl-CoA Hydratase / chemistry*
  • Enoyl-CoA Hydratase / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation
  • Protein Conformation
  • Protein Conformation, alpha-Helical
  • Pseudomonas Infections / microbiology
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / chemistry
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / enzymology*
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / metabolism


  • Enoyl-CoA Hydratase