The haloalkane dehalogenase from Sphingomonas paucimobilis UT26 (LinB) is the enzyme involved in the γ-hexachlorocyclohexane degradation. This enzyme hydrolyses a broad range of halogenated aliphatic compounds via an alkyl-enzyme intermediate. LinB is believed to belong to the family of α/β-hydrolases which employ a catalytic triad, i.e. nucleophile-histidine-acid, during the catalytic reaction. The position of the catalytic triad within the sequence of LinB was probed by a site-directed mutagenesis. The catalytic triad residues of the haloalkane dehalogenase LinB are proposed to be D108, H272 and E132. The topological location of the catalytic acid (E132) is after the β-strand six which corresponds to the location of catalytic acid in the pancreatic lipase, but not in the haloalkane dehalogenase of Xanthobacter autotrophicus GJ10 which contains the catalytic acid after the β-strand seven. Copyright (C) 1999 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
- Active site mutant
- Catalytic triad
- Haloalkane dehalogenase
- Xanthobacter autotrophicus GJ10