Kinetic and biochemical analyses on the reaction mechanism of a bacterial ATP-citrate lyase

Tadayoshi Kanao, Toshiaki Fukui, Haruyuki Atomi, Tadayuki Imanaka

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The prokaryotic ATP-citrate lyase is considered to be a key enzyme of the carbon dioxide-fixing reductive tricarboxylic acid (RTCA) cycle. Kinetic examination of the ATP-citrate lyase from the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobium limicola (Cl-ACL), an α4β4 heteromeric enzyme, revealed that the enzyme displayed typical Michaelis-Menten kinetics toward ATP with an apparent Km value of 0.21 ± 0.04 mM. However, strong negative cooperativity was observed with respect to citrate binding, with a Hill coefficient (nH) of 0.45. Although the dissociation constant of the first citrate molecule was 0.057 ± 0.008 mM, binding of the first citrate molecule to the enzyme drastically decreased the affinity of the enzyme for the second molecule by a factor of 23. ADP was a competitive inhibitor of ATP with a Ki value of 0.037 ± 0.006 mM. Together with previous findings that the enzyme catalyzed the reaction only in the direction of citrate cleavage, these kinetic features indicated that Cl-ACL can regulate both the direction and carbon flux of the RTCA cycle in C. limicola. Furthermore, in order to gain insight on the reaction mechanism, we performed biochemical analyses of Cl-ACL. His273 of the α subunit was indicated to be the phosphorylated residue in the catalytic center, as both catalytic activity and phosphorylation of the enzyme by ATP were abolished in an H273A mutant enzyme. We found that phosphorylation of the subunit was reversible. Nucleotide preference for activity was in good accordance with the preference for phosphorylation of the enzyme. Although residues interacting with nucleotides in the succinyl-CoA synthetase from Escherichia coli were conserved in AclB, AclA alone could be phoshorylated with the same nucleotide specificity observed in the holoenzyme. However, AclB was necessary for enzyme activity and contributed to enhance phosphorylation and stabilization of AclA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3409-3416
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • ATP-citrate lyase
  • Chlorobium limicola
  • Reductive tricarboxylic acid cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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