FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS AND MOLECULAR DOCKING IDENTIFY TWO ACTIVE SHORT-CHAIN PRENYLTRANSFERASES IN THE GREEN PEACH APHID, Myzus persicae

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  • Grant sponsor: National Science Foundation of China; Grant number: 31171845, 30871647, and 31071748.

Correspondence to: Zheng-Xi Li, Department of Entomology, China Agricultural University, 2 Yuanmingyuan West Road, Beijing 100193, China. E-mail: zxli@cau.edu.cn

Abstract

Short-chain prenyltransferases are responsible for biosynthesis of the C10–C20 precursors of a variety of isoprenoids. We previously isolated two different short-chain prenyltransferases from the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae (MpIPPS1 and MpIPPS2). In this study, the activity of the two aphid prenyltransferases was analyzed in vitro. Kinetic analysis using recombinant enzymes showed that both prenyltransferases could efficiently catalyze the formation of C10 geranyl diphosphate (GPP) and C15 farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) from the C5 substrates isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP), and MpIPPS2 had higher catalytic activity than MpIPPS1. Product analysis by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry demonstrated that FPP was generated as the major product, but GPP could be detected at low enzyme concentrations. Molecular docking revealed that MpIPPS2 had higher binding affinity with the substrates DMAPP, IPP, and GPP than MpIPPS1, which supported the experimentally determined kinetic parameters. Molecular docking also identified an amino acid residue (K266) critical to the catalytic activity of both MpIPPS1 and MpIPPS2. This prediction was subsequently confirmed by site-directed mutagenesis, in which a point mutation (K266I) abolished the activity of both MpIPPS1 and MpIPPS2. Our data illustrate that both aphid short-chain prenyltransferases are active forms, which is in contrast to the previously reported results.

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