Barsottini 2020 Commun Biol

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Barsottini MRO, Copsey A, Young L, Baroni RM, Cordeiro AT, Pereira GAG, Moore AL (2020) Biochemical characterization and inhibition of the alternative oxidase enzyme from the fungal phytopathogen Moniliophthora perniciosa. Commun Biol 3:263.

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Barsottini MRO, Copsey A, Young L, Baroni RM, Cordeiro AT, Pereira GAG, Moore AL (2020) Commun Biol

Abstract: Moniliophthora perniciosa is a fungal pathogen and causal agent of the witches' broom disease of cocoa, a threat to the chocolate industry and to the economic and social security in cocoa-planting countries. The membrane-bound enzyme alternative oxidase (MpAOX) is crucial for pathogen survival; however a lack of information on the biochemical properties of MpAOX hinders the development of novel fungicides. In this study, we purified and characterised recombinant MpAOX in dose-response assays with activators and inhibitors, followed by a kinetic characterization both in an aqueous environment and in physiologically-relevant proteoliposomes. We present structure-activity relationships of AOX inhibitors such as colletochlorin B and analogues which, aided by an MpAOX structural model, indicates key residues for protein-inhibitor interaction. We also discuss the importance of the correct hydrophobic environment for MpAOX enzymatic activity. We envisage that such results will guide the future development of AOX-targeting antifungal agents against M. perniciosa, an important outcome for the chocolate industry.


Bioblast editor: Plangger M O2k-Network Lab: UK Brighton Moore AL


Labels: MiParea: Respiration  Pathology: Infectious 

Organism: Protists 



Coupling state: OXPHOS  Pathway: F, N, S, CIV  HRR: Oxygraph-2k 

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