The S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) radical superfamily of enzymes includes over 113 500 unique members, each of which contains one indispensable iron-sulfur (FeS) cluster that is required to generate a 5′-deoxyadenosyl 5′-radical intermediate during catalysis. Enzymes within several subgroups of the superfamily, however, have been found to contain one or more additional FeS clusters. While these additional clusters are absolutely essential for enzyme activity, their exact roles in the function and/or mechanism of action of many of the enzymes are at best speculative, indicating a need to develop methods to characterize and study these clusters in more detail. Here, BtrN, an AdoMet radical dehydrogenase that catalyzes the two-electron oxidation of 2-deoxy-scyllo-inosamine to amino-dideoxy-scyllo-inosose, an intermediate in the biosynthesis of 2-deoxystreptamine antibiotics, is examined through direct electrochemistry, where the potential of both its AdoMet radical and auxiliary [4Fe-4S] clusters can be measured simultaneously. We find that the AdoMet radical cluster exhibits a midpoint potential of -510 mV, while the auxiliary cluster exhibits a midpoint potential of -765 mV, to our knowledge the lowest [4Fe-4S]2+/+ potential to be determined to date. The impact of AdoMet binding and the pH dependence of catalysis are also quantitatively observed. These data show that direct electrochemical methods can be used to further elucidate the chemistry of the burgeoning AdoMet radical superfamily in the future.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry