Author(s): Banerjee R, Zou CG
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Abstract Cystathionine beta-synthase in mammals lies at a pivotal crossroad in methionine metabolism directing flux toward cysteine synthesis and catabolism. The enzyme exhibits a modular organization and complex regulation. It catalyzes the beta-replacement of the hydroxyl group of serine with the thiolate of homocysteine and is unique in being the only known pyridoxal phosphate-dependent enzyme that also contains heme b as a cofactor. The heme functions as a sensor and modulates enzyme activity in response to redox change and to CO binding. Mutations in this enzyme are the single most common cause of hereditary hyperhomocysteinemia. Elucidation of the crystal structure of a truncated and highly active form of the human enzyme containing the heme- and pyridoxal phosphate binding domains has afforded a structural perspective on mechanistic and mutation analysis studies. The C-terminal regulatory domain containing two CBS motifs exerts intrasteric regulation and binds the allosteric activator, S-adenosylmethionine. Studies with mammalian cells in culture as well as with animal models have unraveled multiple layers of regulation of cystathionine beta-synthase in response to redox perturbations and reveal the important role of this enzyme in glutathione-dependent redox homestasis. This review discusses the recent advances in our understanding of the structure, mechanism, and regulation of cystathionine beta-synthase from the perspective of its physiological function, focusing on the clinically relevant human enzyme.
This article was published in Arch Biochem Biophys
and referenced in Biochemistry & Physiology: Open Access