Tagged: Fdh

Sulfur shuttling across a chaperone during molybdenum cofactor maturation

Pascal Arnoux, Christian Ruppelt, Flore Oudouhou, Jérôme Lavergne, Marina I. Siponen, René Toci, Ralf R. Mendel, Florian Bittner, David Pignol, Axel Magalon & Anne Walburger

Nature Communications, vol 6, Feb 4th (2015), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms7148

Formate dehydrogenases (FDHs) are of interest as they are natural catalysts that sequester atmospheric ​CO2, generating reduced carbon compounds with possible uses as fuel. FDHs activity in Escherichia coli strictly requires the sulphurtransferase ​EcFdhD, which likely transfers sulphur from ​IscS to the molybdenum cofactor (​Mo-bisPGD) of FDHs. Here we show that ​EcFdhDbinds ​Mo-bisPGD in vivo and has submicromolar affinity for ​GDP—used as a surrogate of the molybdenum cofactor’s nucleotide moieties. The crystal structure of ​EcFdhD in complex with ​GDPshows two symmetrical binding sites located on the same face of the dimer. These binding sites are connected via a tunnel-like cavity to the opposite face of the dimer where two dynamic loops, each harbouring two functionally important ​cysteine residues, are present. On the basis of structure-guided mutagenesis, we propose a model for the sulphuration mechanism of ​Mo-bisPGD where the sulphur atom shuttles across the chaperone dimer.


A sulfurtransferase is essential for activity of formate dehydrogenases in Escherichia coli.

Thomé R, Gust A, Toci R, Mendel R, Bittner F, Magalon A, Walburger A.

J Biol Chem. 2012 Feb 10;287(7):4671-8. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.327122. Epub 2011 Dec 22.

l-Cysteine desulfurases provide sulfur to several metabolic pathways in the form of persulfides on specific cysteine residues of an acceptor protein for the eventual incorporation of sulfur into an end product. IscS is one of the three Escherichia coli l-cysteine desulfurases. It interacts with FdhD, a protein essential for the activity of formate dehydrogenases (FDHs), which are iron/molybdenum/selenium-containing enzymes. Here, we address the role played by this interaction in the activity of FDH-H (FdhF) in E. coli. The interaction of IscS with FdhD results in a sulfur transfer between IscS and FdhD in the form of persulfides. Substitution of the strictly conserved residue Cys-121 of FdhD impairs both sulfur transfer from IscS to FdhD and FdhF activity. Furthermore, inactive FdhF produced in the absence of FdhD contains both metal centers, albeit the molybdenum cofactor is at a reduced level. Finally, FdhF activity is sulfur-dependent, as it shows reversible sensitivity to cyanide treatment. Conclusively, FdhD is a sulfurtransferase between IscS and FdhF and is thereby essential to yield FDH activity.