Control of the stereo-selectivity of styrene epoxidation by cytochrome P450 BM3 using structure-based mutagenesis

Wei Cheng Huang, Paul M. Cullis, Emma Lloyd Raven, Gordon C K Roberts

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Abstract

The potential of flavocytochrome P450 BM3 (CYP102A1) from Bacillus megaterium for biocatalysis and biotechnological application is widely acknowledged. The catalytic and structural analysis of the Ala82Phe mutant of P450 BM3 has shown that filling a hydrophobic pocket near the active site improved the binding of small molecules, such as indole (see Huang et al., J. Mol. Biol., 2007, 373, 633) and styrene. In this paper, additional mutations at Thr438 are shown to decrease the binding of and catalytic activity towards laurate, whereas they significantly increased the stereo-specificity of styrene epoxidation. Production of R-styrene oxide with 48% and 64% e.e., respectively, was achieved by the Ala82Phe-Thr438Leu and Ala82Phe-Thr438Phe mutants. These structure-based mutants of P450 BM3 illustrate the promise of rational design of synthetically useful biocatalysts for regio- and stereo- specific mono-oxygenation reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-416
Number of pages7
JournalMetallomics
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011

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