Glycogen Structure A branched polymer of glucose with no phosphates. Chains are -1,4 and branch points are -1,6. One reducing end and many non-reducing ends. MW 250000 to > 1000000
Glycogen Structure Reducing end Branch points every 8-10 residues.
Relationship to other pathways Glycogenolysis
Attack is at the non-reducing ends of glycogen. Cleavage is catalyzed by phosphorylase. The reaction proceeds through a carbocation intermediate and uses pyridoxal phosphate (PLP) in the role of a conjugate acid conjugate base. Incorporation of Pi
Keq for the reverse of the reaction below is ~3.6 which reflects the ratio of Pi/G-1-P. G o ' = -RT ln 3.6 = -3.3 kJ/mol at 37 o This G o ' would lead to the conclusion that this reaction could be used in making glycogen. However, even with Pi/G-1-P = 300 glycogen synthesis occurs. Keq for the reverse reaction
Cleavage & Debranching 1.Phosphorylase cleaves -1,4. 2.Transferase moves -1,4 to -1,4. 3.Glucosidase cleaves -1,6. This is a glucose not G-1-P
(Debranching enzyme) These activities are in two enzymes in procaryotes and in a single multifunctional enzyme in eucaryotes. Transferase and -1,6-Glucosidase
Proceeds through a diphospho intermediate. Similar to the phosphoglycerate mutase reaction. Phosphoglucomutase
Glycogen Phosphorylase The enzyme is a dimer, PLP at each active site.
Pyridoxal Phosphate (PLP) PLP is needed by phosphorylase for catalytic activity. The phosphate is the site of conjugate acid/conjugate base activity.
Phosphorylase Mechanism Both glycogen and Glucose-1-P have bonds at the anomeric carbon so reaction can not be SN2.
Phosphorylase a & b “a” has covalent P in “b” P is absent
Phosphorylase a (more active-has P) favors R state and phosphorylase b (less active-no P) favors T state. Phosphorylase forms a & b, Allosteric States T & R
Phosphorylase b (inactive, no P) is converted to phosphorylase a (active, has P) by the enzyme phosphorylase kinase (requires ATP). Allosteric effectors of phosphorylase: AMP (+)b(favors R state) ATP (-)b(favors T state) Glucose-6-P (-)b(favors T state) Glucose (-)a(favors T state-liver) P is removed from phosphorylase a by phosphoprotein phosphatase 1. Phosphorylase a & b
Phosphorylase kinase Phosphorylase kinase (PK), also called phosphorylase b kinase, is a large protein (1200000 daltons) with subunits ( The active site in is blocked unless P or Ca ++ are present is calmodulin, a small protein that binds Ca ++. Ca ++ increases the activity of PK. and are phosphorylation sites using protein kinase A and ATP. P increases the activity of PK. Maximum activity requires both P and Ca ++.
Protein kinase A Protein kinase A (cAMPdPK) is a tetramer of two regulatory subunits and two catalytic subunits. R 2 C 2 + cAMP -- > R 2 (cAMP) + 2 C The unbound catalytic subunits are active and add P using ATP to both phosphorylase and glycogen synthase. Protein kinase A is activated in response to hormonal binding outside the cell, G-protein transduction and activation of adenyl cyclase. ATP -- > cAMP
Glycogen breakdown cascade Amplification occurs at each step
Hormonal Activation Epinephrine (adrenalin), a catechol amine, binds to receptors in muscle and liver to activate glycogenolysis. It also binds to receptors in liver to release Ca ++. (See signal transduction, Ch 14.)
Regulation This occurs at three levels depending upon needs of the cell/organism. 1. ATP/AMP ratio indicates normal energy need. ATP favors the inactive T state of phosphorylase b. AMP favors the active R state of phosphorylase b. ATP/AMP ratio does not affect phosphorylase a. Buildup of Glucose-6-P also favors the inactive T state of phosphorylase b. 2. Contracting muscle releases Ca ++. Ca ++ binds to calmodulin to partially activate PK.
Hormonal Activation Glucagon, a 29 residue peptide, activates glycogenolysis in liver via the G-protein, Gs.
Regulation 3. Hormonal stimulation. Epinephrine binds to liver and muscle receptors to activate protein kinase A via the G-protein, Gs. In liver it also actives protein kinase C via the G-protein, Gq and inositol phosphate route. Glucagon binds only to liver receptors to activate protein kinase A via the G-protein, Gs. Note: Regulation at phosphoprotein phosphatase 1 controls the reversal of these phosphorylation reactions.
Glycogen Synthesis 1. Glycogen synthesis may occur by adding glucose to existing glycogen structures. This requires: 1. hexokinase 2. phosphoglucomutase 3. UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase 4. glycogen synthase 5. branching enzyme (glucosyl transferase) 2. Denovo synthesis starts a new glycogen molecule and requires the enzyme glycogenin in addition to those above. Glycogenin is a dimer, each subunit starts a short (1-4) strand on Tyr 194 of the other subunit as a primer for glycogen synthase.
UDP Glucose A high-energy glucose carrier
UDP-Glucose Synthesis UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase G-1-P attacks P of UTP
Glycogen Synthesis Glycogen Synthase Adds only to the non-reducing ends of glycogen. UTP is reformed using nucleosidediP kinase ATP + UDP -- > ADP + UTP
Glycogen This representation shows glycogenin on the reducing end of a glycogen molecule. All of the non- reducing ends serve as substrate for breakdown or synthesis.
Synthase & Branching Enzyme Glycogen synthase requires an -1,4 chain of at least 4 residues to be able to add another glucose. -1,4 addition continues until enough residues are present to permit branching. Amylo-1,4 -- > 1,6-transglycosylase (glucosyl transferase) needs a strand of ~ 11 residues to act. It transfers ~6-7 residues to another strand to form a branch point and leaves at least 4 residues at the cleavage point. Branching facilitates degradation and synthesis by providing substrate sites (non-reducing ends).
Denovo Synthesis Glycogenin is a dimer of 37000 daltons per subunit. Each of the subunits catalyzes attachment of glucose to the other subunit. The first glucose is attached to Tyr 194 and requires UDPG and tyrosine glucosyl transferase activity. Then glycogenin adds ~7 more residues to form a short -1,4 chain again using UDPG as the glucose source. At this point glycogen synthase takes over along with the other enzymes noted previously. Glycogenin remains permanently attached to the reducing end of the molecule.
Reciprocal Regulation Glycogenolysis initiated Various kinases attack glycogen synthase at different sites, e.g. glycogen synthase kinase (GSK).
Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1) Loss of hormonal activation
Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1) PP1 is a 37000 dalton protein bound to several other proteins involved in regulation among which is the binding protein G M or G L. PP1 is active while bound to glycogen through G M. When protein kinase A is active it forms PP1~P or G M ~P which causes PP1 to dissociate from the binding protein G M. The unbound PP1 is less active. Protein kinase A also activates protein phosphatase inhibitor (I~P) which then binds to the unbound PP1 to further decrease the activity of PP1.
Regulation of PP1 PP1 inactive
PP1 Continued Under these conditions, PP1 activity is very, very low but not completely absent. When hormonal activation of the cell ceases the very low activity of PP1 slowly reverses the phosphorylation states of the system and glycogen synthesis can occur. When insulin is bound to receptor, the effects of tyrosine kinase are seen. PP1 is phosphorylated at a site other than the one acted on by protein kinase A and PP1 activity is enhanced. The insulin stimulated pathway via TK also inactivates glycogen synthase kinase leading to glycogen synthesis.
PP1 Continued Liver does not have protein phosphatase inhibitor. Here, PP1 binds to phosphorylase a and is inactive while phosphorylase a is in the R state. The number of phosphorylase molecules greatly out numbers those of PP1 resulting in negligible phosphatase activity while the R state is maintained. As glucose levels rise, a shift occurs to the T state of phosphorylase a. PP1 then removes a Pi to produce phosphorylase b. These changes results in activation of PP1 as a result of dissociation of PP1 from phosphorylase.