Escherichia coli Modulator of Drug Activity B (MdaB) Has Different Enzymological Properties to Eukaryote Quinone Oxidoreductases

Clare F. Megarity, David J Timson

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Some quinone oxidoreductases exhibit negative cooperativity towards inhibitors. In human NQO1, this is mediated by flexibility around glycine-150. Here we investigated the eubacterial orthologue, Modulator of Drug Activity B (MdaB) to determine if it shows cooperativity towards substrates or inhibitors and to investigate molecular recognition of the inhibitor, dicoumarol. Like human NQO1, MdaB did not show cooperativity towards substrates. However, unlike NQO1, it was only weakly inhibited by dicoumarol. Alanine-127 in MdaB is the structurally equivalent residue to Gly-150 in human NQO1. With the intention of increasing protein flexibility in MdaB, this alanine was altered to glycine. This change did not increase cooperativity towards inhibitors or NADPH. Based on structural alignment to NQO1 in complex with dicoumarol, an asparagine in the active site was changed to alanine to reduce steric hindrance. This change resulted in enhanced inhibition by dicoumarol, but the inhibition was not cooperative. Both changes were then introduced simultaneously. However, the additional increase in flexibility afforded by the change to glycine did not enable negative cooperativity towards dicoumarol. These results have implications for the evolution of quinone oxidoreductases and their potential use as biocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1900135
JournalHelvetica Chimica Acta
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Megarity, C. . and Timson, D. . (2019), Escherichia coli Modulator of Drug Activity B (MdaB) has different enzymological properties to eukaryote quinone oxidoreducatases. Helv. Chim. Acta., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


  • quinone oxidoreductase
  • dicoumarol
  • protein engineering
  • cooperativity
  • enzyme catalysis

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