Affinity labeling of rabbit muscle pyruvate kinase with dialdehyde-ADP

María Victoria Hinrichs, Jaime Eyzaguirre

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Periodate-oxidized ADP (dialdehyde-ADP) inactivates rabbit muscle pyruvate kinase (ATP:pyruvate 2-O-phosphotransferase, EC and combines irreversibly to the enzyme. This inactivation is first-order with respect to dialdehyde-ADP and follows saturation kinetics, indicating that the enzyme first forms a reversible complex with the inactivator. Low Mg2+ concentrations stimulate the rate of inactivation, while higher concentrations have a protective effect. ADP and ATP, especially in the presence of Mg2+, protect very strongly against inactivation, while phosphoenolpyruvate and pyruvate are less effective. Dialdehyde-ADP is not a substrate, but acts as competitive inhibitor of ADP, with a K1 of 4.5 mM. The analog has somewhat lower affinity to the enzyme than Mg-ADP, which has a Kd of 1.2 mM. Based on kinetic data, it is shown that one molecule of reagent must combine per enzyme active site in order to inactivate the enzyme. Incorporation of [14-C]dialdehyde- ADP to the enzyme and treatment of the data by the Tsou plot shows that 6-7 residues per subunit react with the modifier, two of them being essential for activity. From the evidence presented it is concluded: (1) dialdehyde-ADP behaves as an affinity label of rabbit muscle pyruvate kinase; (2) the inactivator binds probably to lysine residues at or near tbe active site, forming morpholine-like structures, and (3) the enzyme possesses two modifiable groups essential for activity, the reaction of one of them being sufficient to cause total loss in activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-185
Number of pages9
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Protein Structure and Molecular
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 1982


  • (Rabbit muscle)
  • Affinity labeling
  • Dialdehyde-ADP
  • Pyruvate kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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