Cyril Dreyfus

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Nicotianamine (NA), a small molecule ubiquitous in plants, is an important divalent metal chelator and the main precursor of phytosiderophores. Nicotianamine synthase (NAS) is the enzyme catalyzing NA synthesis by the condensation of three aminopropyl moieties of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) and the cyclization of one of them to form an azetidine ring. Here(More)
In plants, nicotianamine synthase (NAS) plays a key role in metal homeostasis as it catalyzes the formation of nicotianamine, an important iron and nickel chelator and a precursor of plant phytosiderophores. Here, the crystallization of a protein from Methanothermobacter thermoautotrophicus (MTH675; referred to here as MtNAS) that appears to be homologous(More)
We determined the three-dimensional structure of a complex between an archaeal nicotianamine synthase homologue and a chemically synthesised reaction intermediate. This structure suggests that the enzymes cavity allows both an ordered substrate binding and provides energetic coupling of the reaction intermediate formation and translocation.
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