In vivo mechanism-based inactivation of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylases from Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

@article{Li2001InVM,
  title={In vivo mechanism-based inactivation of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylases from Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.},
  author={Yifu Li and Sonja Hess and Lewis K. Pannell and C White Tabor and Herbert Tabor},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2001},
  volume={98 19},
  pages={10578-83}
}
S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (AdoMetDC), a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of spermidine and spermine, is first synthesized as a proenzyme, which is cleaved posttranslationally to form alpha and beta subunits. The alpha subunit contains a covalently bound pyruvoyl group derived from serine that is essential for activity. With the use of an Escherichia coli overexpression system, we have purified AdoMetDCs encoded by the E. coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Salmonella typhimurium genes… CONTINUE READING