Wataru Yamagata

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Methionine gamma-lyase (MGL) (EC 4.4.1.11), which is present in certain lineages of bacteria, plants, and protozoa but missing in mammals, catalyzes the single-step degradation of sulfur-containing amino acids (SAAs) to alpha-keto acids, ammonia, and thiol compounds. In contrast to other organisms possessing MGL, anaerobic parasitic protists, namely(More)
L-Methionine gamma-lyase (MGL) is considered to be an attractive target for rational drug development because the enzyme is absent in mammalian hosts. To enable structure-based design of drugs targeting MGL, one of the two MGL isoenzymes (EhMGL2) was crystallized in the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1), with unit-cell parameters a = 88.89, b = 102.68,(More)
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-enzymes are essentially involved in amino acid and amine metabolism of a wide variety of organisms. Despite their extensive biochemical studies, there are little evidence and structural data to comprehensively elaborate the catalytic mechanism. We obtained X-ray snapshots of l-methionine γ-lyase from Entamoeba histolytica(More)
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