Molecular basis for differential substrate specificity in class IV alcohol dehydrogenases: A conserved function in retinoid metabolism but not in ethanol oxidation

B. Crosas, A. Allali-Hassani, S. E. Martinez, S. Martras, Bengt Persson, Hans Jörnvall, X. Pares, J. Farres

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Abstract

Mammalian class IV alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes are characteristic of epithelial tissues, exhibit moderate to high K(m) values for ethanol, and are very active in retinol oxidation. The human enzyme shows a K(m) value for ethanol which is 2 orders of magnitude lower than that of rat class IV. The uniquely significant difference in the substrate-binding pocket between the two enzymes appears to be at position 294, Val in the human enzyme and Ala in the rat enzyme. Moreover, a deletion at position 117 (Gly in class I) has been pointed out as probably responsible for class IV specificity toward retinoids. With the aim of establishing the role of these residues, we have studied the kinetics of the recombinant human and rat wild-type enzymes, the human G117ins and V294A mutants, and the rat A294V mutant toward aliphatic alcohols and retinoids. 9-cis-Retinol was the best retinoid substrate for both human and rat class IV, strongly supporting a role of class IV in the generation of 9-cis-retinoic acid. In contrast, 13-cis retinoids were not substrates. The G117ins mutant showed a decreased catalytic efficiency toward retinoids and toward three-carbon and longer primary aliphatic alcohols, a behavior that resembles that of the human class I enzyme, which has Gly117. The K(m) values for ethanol dramatically changed in the 294 mutants, where the human V294A mutant showed a 280-fold increase, and the rat A294V mutant a 50-fold decrease, compared with those of the respective wild-type enzymes. This demonstrates that the Val/Ala exchange at position 294 is mostly responsible for the kinetic differences with ethanol between the human and rat class IV. In contrast, the kinetics toward retinoids was only slightly affected by the mutations at position 294, compatible with a more conserved function of mammalian class IV alcohol dehydrogenase in retinoid metabolism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25180-25187
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume275
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2000

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