, Volume 76, Issue 3, pp 350-358
Date: 20 Mar 2011

Characterization of a bifunctional β-lactamase/ribonuclease and its interaction with a chaperone-like protein in the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv

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Most mycobacteria appear to be naturally resistant to β-lactam antibiotics such as penicillin. However, very few β-lactamases and their regulation have been clearly characterized in Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. In this study, a unique bifunctional protein, Rv2752c, from M. tuberculosis showed both β-lactamase and RNase activities. Two residues, D184 and H397, appear to be involved in Zn2+-binding and are essential for the dual functions. Both activities are lost upon deletion of the C-terminal 100 a.a. long Rv2752c tail, which contains an additional loop when compared with the RNase J of Bacillus subtilis. A chaperone-like protein, Rv2373c, physically interacted with Rv2752c and inhibited both activities. This is the first report of characterization of a bifunctional β-lactamase and its regulation in mycobacteria. These data offered important clues for further investigation of the structure and function of microbial β-lactamases. Increased understanding of this protein will provide further insights into the mechanism of microbial drug resistance.

Published in Russian in Biokhimiya, 2011, Vol. 76, No. 3, pp. 429–439.