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1 The Organic Chemistry of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions Revised Edition Professor Richard B. Silverman Department of Chemistry Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology Northwestern University

2 The Organic Chemistry of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions Chapter 1 Enzymes as Catalysts

3 For published data regarding any enzyme see:

4 What are enzymes, and how do they work? First isolation of an enzyme in 1833 Ethanol added to aqueous extract of malt Yielded heat-labile precipitate that was utilized to hydrolyze starch to soluble sugar; precipitate now known as amylase 1878 - Kühne coined term enzyme - means in yeast 1898 - Duclaux proposed all enzymes should have suffix ase

5 Enzymes - natural proteins that catalyze chemical reactions First enzyme recognized as protein was jack bean urease Crystallized in 1926 Took 70 more years (1995), though, to obtain its crystal structure

6 Enzymes have molecular weights of several thousand to several million, yet catalyze transformations on molecules as small as carbon dioxide and nitrogen Function by lowering transition-state energies and energetic intermediates and by raising the ground-state energy Many different hypotheses proposed for how enzymes catalyze reactions Common link of hypotheses: enzyme- catalyzed reaction always initiated by the formation of an enzyme-substrate (or E S) complex in a small cavity called the active site

7 1894 - Lock-and-key hypothesis - Fischer proposed enzyme is the lock into which the substrate (the key) fits Does not rationalize certain observed phenomena: Compounds having less bulky substituents often fail to be substrates Some compounds with more bulky substituents bind more tightly Some enzymes that catalyze reactions between two substrates do not bind one substrate until the other one is bound

8 1958 - Induced-fit hypothesis proposed by Koshland: When a substrate begins to bind to an enzyme, interactions induce a conformational change in the enzyme Results in a change of the enzyme from a low catalytic form to a high catalytic form Induced-fit hypothesis requires a flexible active site

9 Concept of flexible active site stated earlier by Pauling (1946): Hypothesized that an enzyme is a flexible template that is most complementary to substrates at the transition state rather than at the ground state Therefore, the substrate does not bind most effectively in the E S complex As reaction proceeds, enzyme conforms better to the transition-state structure Transition-state stabilization results in rate enhancement

10 Only a dozen or so amino acid residues may make up the active site Only two or three may be involved directly in substrate binding and/or catalysis

11 Why is it necessary for enzymes to be so large? Most effective binding of substrate results from close packing of atoms within protein Remainder of enzyme outside active site is required to maintain integrity of the active site May serve to channel the substrate into the active site Active site aligns the orbitals of substrates and catalytic groups on the enzyme optimally for conversion to the transition-state structure-- called orbital steering

12 Enzyme catalysis characterized by two features: specificity and rate acceleration Active site contains amino acid residues and cofactors that are responsible for the above features Cofactor, also called a coenzyme, is an organic molecule or metal ion that is essential for the catalytic action

13 Specificity of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions Two types of specificity: (1) Specificity of binding and (2) specificity of reaction Specificity of Binding Enzyme catalysis is initiated by interaction between enzyme and substrate (E S complex) k 1, also referred to as k on, is rate constant for formation of the E S complex k -1, also referred to as k off, is rate constant for breakdown of the complex Stability of E S complex is related to affinity of the substrate for the enzyme as measured by K s, dissociation constant for the E S complex

14 Scheme 1.1 k on k off Michaelis complex When k 2 << k -1, k 2 called k cat (turnover number) K s called K m (Michaelis-Menten constant) Generalized enzyme-catalyzed reaction k cat represents the maximum number of substrate molecules converted to product molecules per active site per unit of time; called turnover number


16 K m is the concentration of substrate that produces half the maximum rate K m is a dissociation constant, so the smaller the K m the stronger the interaction between E and S k cat /K m is the specificity constant - used to rank an enzyme according to how good it is with different substrates Upper limit for is rate of diffusion (10 9 M -1 s -1 ) KmKm k cat

17 How does an enzyme release product so efficiently given that the enzyme binds the transition state structure about 10 12 times more tightly than it binds the substrate or products? After bond breaking (or making) at transition state, interactions that match in the transition- state stabilizing complex are no longer present. Therefore products are poorly bound, resulting in expulsion. As bonds are broken/made, changes in electronic distribution can occur, generating a repulsive interaction, leading to expulsion of products

18 E S complex Figure 1.1

19 Gº = -RTlnK eq If K eq = 0.01, Gº of -5.5 kcal/mol needed to shift K eq to 100

20 Specific Forces Involved in ES Complex Formation Figure 1.2 Examples of ionic, ion-dipole, and dipole-dipole interactions. The wavy line represents the enzyme active site

21 H-bonds A type of dipole-dipole interaction between X-H and Y: (N, O) Figure 1.3 H-bonds Hydrogen bonding in the secondary structure of proteins: -helix and -sheet.

22 Charge Transfer Complexes When a molecule (or group) that is a good electron donor comes into contact with a molecule (or group) that is a good electron acceptor, donor may transfer some of its charge to the acceptor

23 Hydrophobic Interactions When two nonpolar groups, each surrounded by water molecules, approach each other, the water molecules become disordered in an attempt to associate with the water molecules of the approaching group Increases entropy, resulting in decrease in the free energy ( G = H -T S )

24 van der Waals Forces Atoms have a temporary nonsymmetrical distribution of electron density resulting in generation of a temporary dipole Temporary dipoles of one molecule induce opposite dipoles in the approaching molecule

25 Binding Specificity Can be absolute or can be very broad Specificity of racemates may involve ES complex formation with only one enantiomer or ES complex formation with both enantiomers, but only one is converted to product Enzymes accomplish this because they are chiral molecules (mammalian enzymes consist of only L-amino acids)

26 Binding specificity of enantiomers Scheme 1.2 diastereomers Resolution of a racemic mixture

27 Binding energy for ES complex formation with one enantiomer may be much higher than that with the other enantiomer Both ES complexes may form, but only one ES complex may lead to product formation Enantiomer that does not turn over is said to undergo nonproductive binding

28 Steric hindrance to binding of enantiomers Figure 1.4 SR Leu Basis for enantioselectivity in enzymes

29 Reaction Specificity Unlike reactions in solution, enzymes can show specificity for chemically identical protons

30 Figure 1.5 Enzyme specificity for chemically identical protons. R and R on the enzyme are groups that interact specifically with R and R, respectively, on the substrate.

31 Rate Acceleration An enzyme has numerous opportunities to invoke catalysis: –Stabilization of the transition state –Destabilization of the ES complex –Destabilization of intermediates Because of these opportunities, multiple steps may be involved

32 Figure 1.610 10 -10 14 fold typically Effect of (A) a chemical catalyst and (B) an enzyme on activation energy

33 Enzyme catalysis does not alter the equilibrium of a reversible reaction; it accelerates attainment of the equilibrium


35 Mechanisms of Enzyme Catalysis Approximation Rate enhancement by proximity Enzyme serves as a template to bind the substrates Reaction of enzyme-bound substrates becomes first order Equivalent to increasing the concentration of the reacting groups Exemplified with nonenzymatic model studies

36 Scheme 1.3 Second-order reaction of acetate with aryl acetate

37 Table 1.3. Effect of Approximation on Reaction Rates

38 Covalent Catalysis Scheme 1.4 anchimeric assistance Most common Cys (SH) Ser (OH) His (imidazole) Lys (NH 2 ) Asp/Glu (COO - ) Nucleophilic catalysis

39 Scheme 1.5 Anchimeric assistance by a neighboring group

40 Model Reaction for Covalent Catalysis Scheme 1.6 Early evidence to support covalent catalysis

41 General Acid/Base Catalysis This is important for any reaction in which proton transfer occurs

42 Figure 1.7catalytic triad The catalytic triad of -chymotrypsin. The distances are as follows: d 1 = 2.82 Å; d 2 = 2.61 Å; d 3 = 2.76 Å.

43 Scheme 1.7 Charge relay system for activation of an active- site serine residue in -chymotrypsin

44 pK a values of amino acid side-chain groups within the active site of enzymes can be quite different from those in solution Partly result of low polarity inside of proteins Molecular dynamics simulations show interiors of these proteins have dielectric constants of about 2-3 (dielectric constant for benzene or dioxane) If a carboxylic acid is in a nonpolar region, pK a will rise Glutamate-35 in the lysozyme-glycolchitin complex has a pK a of 8.2; pK a in solution is 4.5 If the carboxylate ion forms salt bridge, it is stabilized and has a lower pK a

45 Basic group in a nonpolar environment has a lower pK a pK a of a base will fall if adjacent to other bases Active-site lysine in acetoacetate decarboxylase has a pK a of 5.9 (pK a in solution is 10.5)

46 Two kinds of acid/base catalysis: Specific acid or specific base catalysis - catalysis by a hydronium (H 3 O + ) or hydroxide (HO - ) ion, and is determined only by the pH General acid/base catalysis - reaction rate increases with increasing buffer concentration at a constant pH and ionic strength

47 Figure 1.8 Specific acid/base catalysis General acid/base catalysis Effect of the buffer concentration on (A) specific acid/base catalysis and (B) general acid/base catalysis

48 Scheme 1.8 Specific Acid-Base Catalysis Hydrolysis of ethyl acetate

49 Scheme 1.9 Alkaline hydrolysis of ethyl acetate

50 Scheme 1.10 Acid hydrolysis of ethyl acetate

51 Scheme 1.11 Simultaneous acid and base enzyme catalysis base catalysis acid catalysis Enzymes can utilize acid and base catalysis simultaneously

52 Simultaneous acid/base catalysis is the reason for how enzymes are capable of deprotonating weak carbon acids

53 Scheme 1.12 Simultaneous acid and base enzyme catalysis in the enolization of mandelic acid

54 Low-barrier hydrogen bonds - short (< 2.5Å), very strong hydrogen bonds Stabilization of the enolic intermediate occurs via low-barrier hydrogen bonds

55 Scheme 1.13 low-barrier H-bond weak base strong acid strong base weak acid low-barrier H-bond stronger acid needed One-base mechanism syn-elimination carboxylic acids Simultaneous acid and base enzyme catalysis in the 1,4-elimination of -substituted (A) aldehydes, ketones, thioesters and (B) carboxylic acids Two-base mechanism anti-elimination

56 Scheme 1.14 ElcB mechanism - not relevant Base catalyzed 1,4-elimination of -substituted carbonyl compounds via an enolate intermediate (ElcB mechanism) Needs acid or metal catalysis

57 Alternative to Low-Barrier Hydrogen Bond Scheme 1.15 Electrostatic enzyme catalysis in enolization

58 Electrostatic Catalysis Scheme 1.16 oxyanion hole Electrostatic stabilization of the transition state

59 Desolvation Exposes substrate to lower dielectric constant environment Exposes water-bonded charged groups for electrostatic catalysis Destabilizes the ground state The removal of water molecules at the active site on substrate binding

60 Scheme 1.17 Strain Energy k 1.8 k 1.7 = 10 8 Alkaline hydrolysis of phosphodiesters

61 Figure 1.9 Induced Fit Hypothesis putting strain energy into the substrate

62 Figure 1.10 Energetic Effect of Enzyme Catalysis Importance of ground state destabilization

63 Mechanisms of Enzyme Catalysis - porphobilinogen synthase

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