IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: mycoredoxin-dependent peroxiredoxin

Reaction: mycoredoxin + ROOH = mycoredoxin disulfide + H2O + ROH

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Other name(s): ahpE (gene name)

Systematic name: mycoredoxin:hydroperoxide oxidoreductase

Comments: Peroxiredoxins (Prxs) are a ubiquitous family of antioxidant proteins. They can be divided into three classes: typical 2-Cys, atypical 2-Cys and 1-Cys peroxiredoxins [1]. The peroxidase reaction comprises two steps centred around a redox-active cysteine called the peroxidatic cysteine. All three peroxiredoxin classes have the first step in common, in which the peroxidatic cysteine attacks the peroxide substrate and is oxidized to S-hydroxycysteine (a sulfenic acid) (see mechanism). The second step of the peroxidase reaction, the regeneration of cysteine from S-hydroxycysteine, distinguishes the three peroxiredoxin classes. For typical 2-Cys Prxs, in the second step, the peroxidatic S-hydroxycysteine from one subunit is attacked by the ‘resolving’ cysteine located in the C-terminus of the second subunit, to form an intersubunit disulfide bond, which is then reduced by one of several cell-specific thiol-containing reductants completing the catalytic cycle. In the atypical 2-Cys Prxs, both the peroxidatic cysteine and its resolving cysteine are in the same polypeptide, so their reaction forms an intrachain disulfide bond. The 1-Cys Prxs conserve only the peroxidatic cysteine, so its regeneration involves direct interaction with a reductant molecule. Mycoredoxin-dependent enzymes are found in Mycobacteria. Following the reduction of the substrate, the sulfenic acid derivative of the peroxidatic cysteine forms a protein mixed disulfide with the N-terminal cysteine of mycoredoxin, which is then reduced by the C-terminal cysteine of mycoredoxin, restoring the peroxiredoxin to active state and resulting in an intra-protein disulfide in mycoredoxin. The disulfide is eventually reduced by mycothiol.

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