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Crystal structures of a novel, thermostable phytase in partially and fully calcium-loaded states.

Phytases hydrolyze phytic acid to less phosphorylated myo-inositol derivatives and inorganic phosphate. A thermostable phytase is of great value in applications for improving phosphate and metal ion availability in animal feed, and thereby reducing phosphate pollution to the environment. Here, we report a new folding architecture of a six-bladed propeller for phosphatase activity revealed by the 2.1 A crystal structures of a novel, thermostable phytase determined in both the partially and fully Ca2+-loaded states. Binding of two calcium ions to high-affinity calcium binding sites results in a dramatic increase in thermostability (by as much as approximately 30 degrees C in melting temperature) by joining loop segments remote in the amino acid sequence. Binding of three additional calcium ions to low-affinity calcium binding sites at the top of the molecule turns on the catalytic activity of the enzyme by converting the highly negatively charged cleft into a favorable environment for the binding of phytate.[1]


  1. Crystal structures of a novel, thermostable phytase in partially and fully calcium-loaded states. Ha, N.C., Oh, B.C., Shin, S., Kim, H.J., Oh, T.K., Kim, Y.O., Choi, K.Y., Oh, B.H. Nat. Struct. Biol. (2000) [Pubmed]
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