A Master Switch Couples Mg2+-Assisted Catalysis to Domain Motion in B. Stearothermophilus Tryptophanyl-tRNA Synthetase

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We demonstrate how Tryptophanyl-tRNA synthetase (TrpRS) uses conformation-dependent Mg2+ activation to couple catalysis of tryptophan activation to specific, functional domain movements. Rate acceleration by Mg2+ requires ~ -6.0 kcal/mole in protein•Mg2+ interaction energy, none of which arises from the active site. A highly cooperative interaction between Mg2+ and four residues from a remote, conserved motif that mediates the shear of domain movement: (i) destabilizes the pre-transition state conformation, thereby (ii) inducing the Mg2+ to stabilize...
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