Self-sacrifice in radical S-adenosylmethionine proteins.

The radical SAM superfamily of metalloproteins catalyze the reductive cleavage of S-adenosyl-l-methionine to generate a 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical (5'-dA*) intermediate that is obligate for turnover. The 5'-dA* acts as a potent oxidant, initiating turnover by abstracting a hydrogen atom from an appropriate substrate. A special class of these enzymes use this… CONTINUE READING