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Enzyme Deactivation Due to Metal-Ion Dissociation during Turnover of the Cobalt-beta-Lactamase Catalyzed Hydrolysis of beta-Lactams.

Metallo-beta-lactamases are native zinc enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of beta-lactam antibiotics but are also able to function with cobalt (II) and require one or two metal ions for catalytic activity. The kinetics of the hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin catalyzed by cobalt substituted beta-lactamase from Bacillus cereus (BcII) are biphasic. The dependence of enzyme activity on pH and metal-ion concentration indicates that only the di-cobalt enzyme is catalytically active. A mono-cobalt enzyme species is formed during the catalytic cycle, which is virtually inactive and requires the association of another cobalt ion for turnover. Two intermediates with different metal to enzyme stoichiometries are formed on a branched reaction pathway. The di-cobalt enzyme intermediate is responsible for the direct catalytic route, which is pH-independent between 5.5 and 9.5 but is also able to slowly lose one bound cobalt ion via the branching route to give the mono-cobalt inactive enzyme intermediate. This inactivation pathway of metal-ion dissociation occurs by both an acid catalyzed and a pH-independent reaction, which is dependent on the presence of an enzyme residue of pK(a) = 8.9 +/- 0.1 in its protonated form and shows a large kinetic solvent isotope effect (H(2)O/D(2)O) of 5.2 +/- 0.5, indicative of a rate-limiting proton transfer. The pseudo first-order rate constant to regenerate the di-cobalt beta-lactamase from the mono-cobalt enzyme intermediate has a first-order dependence on cobalt-ion concentration in the pH range 5.5-9. 5. The second-order rate constant for metal-ion association is dependent on two groups of pK(a) 6.32 +/- 0.1 and 7.47 +/- 0.1 being in their deprotonated basic forms and one group of pK(a) 9.48 +/- 0.1 being in its protonated form.[1]

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