Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Pathway: queuosine biosynthesis
Inferred from experiment

Pathway diagram: queuosine biosynthesis

If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.

Locations of Mapped Genes:

Schematic showing all replicons, marked with selected genes

Genetic Regulation Schematic

Genetic regulation schematic for queuosine biosynthesis

Superclasses: BiosynthesisNucleosides and Nucleotides BiosynthesisNucleic Acid Processing

Queuosine is an important 7-deazapurine-modified nucleoside that is present in certain tRNAs in bacteria and most eukaryotes (with the exception of mycoplasmas and yeast). It is not found in the archaea [IwataReuyl03]. Prokaryotes can synthesize queuosine de novo by a complex biosynthetic pathway, whereas eukaryotes are unable to synthesize it, and utilize a salvage system, acquiring the queuine base as a nutrient factor from their diet or from intestinal microflora [Vinayak10].

Queuosine and its derivatives occur exclusively at position 34 (the wobble position) in the anticodons of tRNAs coding for the amino acids L-histidine, L-aspartate, L-asparagine and L-tyrosine [Harada72]. Each of these tRNAs posses the anticodon sequence GUN (positions 34-36), where N can be any nucleotide. Queuosine improves accuracy of translation [Meier85, Urbonavicius01]. These tRNAs of the 'Q-family' originally contain guanine in the first position of anticodon, which is post-transcriptionally modified with queuine by an irreversible insertion during maturation.

Beside the 7-deazaguanosine core, queuosine possesses an additional adaptation - a cyclopentenediol ring attached to an aminomethyl group at position 7. The cyclopentendiol ring can be further modified by glutamylation (see glutamyl-Q tRNAAsp synthetase) [Blaise05].

The first part of the pathway leading to formation of queuosine, up to the intermediate preQ0, is described in the pathway preQ0 biosynthesis.

PreQ0 is a common intermediate, and is also found in the pathways leading to the biosynthesis of several 7-deazapurine antibiotics produced by Streptomyces species. Before it can be inserted into a tRNA, it is converted into preQ1 by the enzyme 7-cyano-7-deazaguanine reductase. This enzyme uses two NADPH molecules to reduce the nitrile group of preQ0 to an amino group [Van05a]. The next enzyme, tRNA-guanine transglycosylase, catalyzes a complex reaction in which preQ1 is transferred into a target tRNA molecule, replacing the guanine base with the 7-aminomethyl-7-deazaguanine group at position 34 [Garcia93]. The enzyme recognizes the anticodon region of its substrate, and only acts on tRNAs that contain a GUN sequence [Curnow93].

The next enzyme, S-adenosylmethionine:tRNA ribosyltransferase-isomerase, transfers a ribose moiety from S-adenosyl-L-methionine to the 7-aminomethyl group of preQ1, resulting in the formation of the 2,3-epoxy-4,5-dihydroxycyclopentane ring of epoxyqueuosine and releasing adenine and L-methionine [Slany93, Slany94]. In the last step of the pathway, the eopxy bonds are reduced, generating the final queuosine residue. The reaction is catalyzed by epoxyqueuosine reductase [Miles11].

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Created 24-Jan-2011 by Caspi R, SRI International
Last-Curated 26-Apr-2011 by Keseler I, SRI International


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