Megan C. Branch

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The crystal structure (1.50 Å resolution) and biochemical properties of the GSH transferase homologue, YghU, from Escherichia coli reveal that the protein is unusual in that it binds two molecules of GSH in each active site. The crystallographic observation is consistent with biphasic equilibrium binding data that indicate one tight (K(d1) = 0.07 ± 0.03 mM)(More)
The cytosolic glutathione transferase (cytGST) superfamily comprises more than 13,000 nonredundant sequences found throughout the biosphere. Their key roles in metabolism and defense against oxidative damage have led to thousands of studies over several decades. Despite this attention, little is known about the physiological reactions they catalyze and most(More)
Enzymes in the glutathione transferase (GST) superfamily catalyze the conjugation of glutathione (GSH) to electrophilic substrates. As a consequence they are involved in a number of key biological processes, including protection of cells against chemical damage, steroid and prostaglandin biosynthesis, tyrosine catabolism, and cell apoptosis. Although(More)
KijD3 is a flavin-dependent N-oxygenase implicated in the formation of the nitro-containing sugar d-kijanose, found attached to the antibiotic kijanimicin. For this investigation, the structure of KijD3 in complex with FMN and its dTDP-sugar substrate was solved to 2.1 Å resolution. In contrast to the apoenzyme structure, the C-terminus of the protein(More)
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