The regulation of 3-deoxy-D-arabino-heptulosonate 7 phosphate synthase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Author: Blackmore, Nicola Jean

Date: 2015

Publisher: University of Canterbury. Chemistry

Type: Theses / Dissertations

Link to this item using this URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10092/10242

Abstract

Allosteric regulation of important enzymes is a mechanism frequently employed by organisms to exert control over their metabolism. The shikimate pathway is ultimately responsible for the biosynthesis of the aromatic amino acids in plants, microorganisms and apicomplexans. Two enzymes of the pathway, 3-deoxy-D-arabino-heptulosonate 7-phosphate synthase (DAH7PS) and chorismate mutase (CM) are located at critical positions along the aromatic amino acid biosynthetic pathway and are often tightly feedback regulated in order to control the flux of metabolites through the pathway. This research presents studies on the allosteric function of these two enzymes. These studies emphasise the complexity of the intersecting network of allosteric response, which alters the catalytic activity of each enzyme in response to metabolic demand for the aromatic amino acids.

Subjects: DAH7PS, allostery, enzymes, regulation, chromate mutate, shikimate pathway

Copyright: Copyright Nicola Jean Blackmore