Date of Award

12-16-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Giovanni Gadda

Second Advisor

Donald Hamelberg

Third Advisor

Jun Yin

Abstract

Pseudomonas aeruginosa ᴅ-arginine dehydrogenase (PaDADH) is a flavin-dependent enzyme. The enzyme catalyzes the oxidative deamination of a broad range of ᴅ-amino acids to their corresponding imino-acids, which are non-enzymatically hydrolyzed to α-keto-acids and ammonia. A46, S45 and I335 residues are located in flexible loops, which form a flask-like substrate-binding pocket. In this study, I335, A46, and S45 were mutated to histidine, glycine, and alanine, respectively and individually, through site-directed mutagenesis, to investigate their role in binding and catalysis in PaDADH. The results showed that A46 and S45 residues participate in the optimal orientation of the substrate α-amino group and I335 modulate the active site flexibility.

Share

COinS