Structure and activity studies of tyrosinases and related proteins

Xuelei Lai

Research output: Thesisexternal PhD, WU


Mushroom tyrosinase-associated lectin-like protein (MtaL) binds to mature Agaricus bisporus tyrosinase in vivo, but the exact physiological function of MtaL is unknown. In this study, we report the crystal structure of recombinant MtaL at 1.35 Å resolution. Comparison of its structure with that of the truncated and cleaved MtaL present in the complex with tyrosinase directly isolated from mushroom shows that the general β-trefoil fold is conserved. However, differences are detected in the loop regions, particularly in the β2-β3 loop, which is intact and not cleaved in the recombinant MtaL. Furthermore, the N-terminal tail is rotated inwards covering the tyrosinase-binding interface. Thus, MtaL must undergo conformational changes in order to bind mature mushroom tyrosinase. Very interestingly, the β-trefoil fold has been identified in other lectin-like proteins to be essential for carbohydrate interaction. Comparison of the structures of MtaL and a ricin-B-like lectin with a bound disaccharide shows that MtaL may have a similar carbohydrate-binding site that might be involved in glycoreceptor activity.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Dijkstra, Bauke W., Supervisor, External person
  • Wichers, Harry, Supervisor
  • Soler-Lopez, Montserrat, Supervisor, External person
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

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