Biochemical and structural characterization of Marinomonas mediterranea D-mannose isomerase Marme_2490 phylogenetically distant from known enzymes

Wataru Saburi, Nongluck Jaito, Koji Kato, Yuka Tanaka, Min Yao, Haruhide Mori

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D-Mannose isomerase (MI) reversibly isomerizes D-mannose to D-fructose, and is attractive for producing D-mannose from inexpensive D-fructose. It belongs to the N-acylglucosamine 2-epimerase (AGE) superfamily along with AGE, cellobiose 2-epimerase (CE), and aldose-ketose isomerase (AKI). In this study, Marinomonas mediterranea Marme_2490, showing low sequence identity with any known enzymes, was found to isomerize D-mannose as its primary substrate. Marme_2490 also isomerized D-lyxose and 4-OH D-mannose derivatives (D-talose and 4-O-monosaccharyl-D-mannose). Its activity for D-lyxose is known in other D-mannose isomerizing enzymes, such as MI and AKI, but we identified, for the first time, its activity for 4-OH D-mannose derivatives. Marme_2490 did not isomerize D-glucose, as known MIs do not, while AKI isomerizes both D-mannose and D-glucose. Thus, Marme_2490 was concluded to be an MI. The initial and equilibrium reaction products were analyzed by NMR to illuminate mechanistic information regarding the Marme_2490 reaction. The analysis of the initial reaction product revealed that β-D-mannose was formed. In the analysis of the equilibrated reaction products in D2O, signals of 2-H of D-mannose and 1-H of D-fructose were clearly detected. This indicates that these protons are not substituted with deuterium from D2O and Marme_2490 catalyzes the intramolecular proton transfer between 1-C and 2-C. The crystal structure of Marme_2490 in a ligand-free form was determined and found that Marme_2490 is formed by an (α/α)6-barrel, which is commonly observed in AGE superfamily enzymes. Despite diverse reaction specificities, the orientations of residues involved in catalysis and substrate binding by Marme_2490 were similar to those in both AKI (Salmonella enterica AKI) and epimerase (Rhodothermus marinus CE). The Marme_2490 structure suggested that the α7→α8 and α11→α12 loops of the catalytic domain participated in the formation of an open substrate-binding site to provide sufficient space to bind 4-OH D-mannose derivatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-73
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Aldose-ketose isomerase
  • Cellobiose 2-epimerase
  • D-mannose isomerase
  • Isomerization
  • N-acylglucosamine 2-epimerase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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