Metabolic channeling of carbamoyl phosphate, a thermolabile intermediate: evidence for physical interaction between carbamate kinase-like carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase and ornithine carbamoyltransferase from the hyperthermophile Pyrococcus furiosus
Massant, Jan Verstreken, Patrik Durbecq, Virginie Kholti, Abdelaziz Legrain, Christianne Beeckmans, Sonia Cornelis, Pierre Glansdorff, Nicolas # ×
Journal of Biological Chemistry vol:277 issue:21 pages:18517-22
Two different approaches provided evidence for a physical interaction between the carbamate kinase-like carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase (CKase) and ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTCase) from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus. Affinity electrophoresis indicated that CKase and OTCase associate into a multienzyme cluster. Further evidence for a biologically significant interaction between CKase and OTCase was obtained by co-immunoprecipitation combined with formaldehyde cross-linking experiments. These experiments support the hypothesis that CKase and OTCase form an efficient channeling cluster for carbamoyl phosphate, an extremely thermolabile and potentially toxic metabolic intermediate. Therefore, by physically interacting with each other, CKase and OTCase prevent the thermodenaturation of carbamoyl phosphate in the aqueous cytoplasmic environment.