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There is an urgent need for new antibiotics given the rise of antibiotic resistance, and succinyl-diaminopimelate desuccinylase (DapE, E.C. has emerged as a promising bacterial enzyme target. DapE from Haemophilus influenzae (HiDapE) has been studied and inhibitors identified, but it is essential to explore DapE from different species to assess selective versus broad-spectrum therapeutics. We have determined the structure of DapE from the ESKAPE pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii (AbDapE) and studied inhibition by known inhibitors of HiDapE. AbDapE is inhibited by captopril and sulfate comparable to HiDapE, but AbDapE was not significantly inhibited by a known indoline sulfonamide HiDapE inhibitor. Captopril and sulfate both stabilize HiDapE by increasing the thermal melting temperature (Tm) in thermal shift assays. By contrast, sulfate decreases the stability of the AbDapE enzyme, whereas captopril increases the stability. Further, we report two crystal structures of selenomethionine-substituted AbDapE in the closed conformation, one with AbDapE in complex with succinate derived from enzymatic hydrolysis of N6-methyl-l,l-SDAP substrate and acetate (PDB code 7T1Q, 2.25 Å resolution), and a crystal structure of AbDapE with bound succinate along with l-(S)-lactate, a product of degradation of citric acid from the crystallization buffer during X-ray irradiation (PDB code 8F8O, 2.10 Å resolution).


Author Posting © The Authors, 2024. This is an open access article published in ACS Omega, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 3905-3915.

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