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Determination of the kinetics of guanine nucleotide exchange on EF-Tu and EF-Ts: continuing uncertainties.

An analysis is made of the rate constants for the reactions involving the interactions of EF-Tu, EF-Ts, GDP, and GTP recently derived by Gromadski et al. [Biochemistry 41 (2002) 162]. Though their measured values appear to allow a reasonable rate of nucleotide exchange sufficient to support rates of protein synthesis in vivo, their data underestimate the thermodynamic barrier involved in nucleotide exchange and therefore cannot be considered definitive. A kinetic scheme consistent with the thermodynamic barrier can be achieved by modification of various rate constants, particularly of those involving the release of EF-Ts from EF-Tu.GTP.EF-Ts, but such constants are markedly different from what are experimentally observed. It thus remains impossible at present satisfactorily to model guanine nucleotide exchange on EF-Tu, catalysed by EF-Ts by a double displacement mechanism, with experimentally derived rate constants. Metabolic control analysis has been applied to determine the degree of flux control of the different steps in the pathway.[1]


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