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Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Pathway: glutathione-glutaredoxin redox reactions
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Pathway diagram: glutathione-glutaredoxin redox reactions

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 glutathione-glutaredoxin redox reactions

Superclasses: BiosynthesisCofactors, Prosthetic Groups, Electron Carriers BiosynthesisReductants Biosynthesis

General Background

Thiols play major roles in the cell in maintaining redox balance, a reduced environment, and defense against reactive oxygen species. In most organisms the major thiol is the tripeptide glutathione (>-γ-glutamyl-L-cysteinylglycine, GSH). Most of the glutathione pool is kept in its reduced form. In E. coli, the ratio of reduced to oxidized glutathione is approximately 200:1 [Ritz01a]. The functionality of glutathione largely depends on its being in a reduced form.

In E. coli two pathways utilize NADPH to reduce disulfide bonds, the thioredoxin system (see thioredoxin pathway) and the glutaredoxin system (described here). Glutaredoxins are ubiquitous oxidoreductase enzymes that perform some essential cytoplasmic redox reactions using glutathione as an electron donor. For example they can serve as a hydrogen donor for the glutathione-dependent reduction of enzymes such as ribonucleoside diphosphate reductase 1, 3'-phospho-adenylylsulfate reductase and arsenate reductase. Four glutaredoxins have been identified in E. coli, Grx1, Grx2, Grx3 and Grx4 which have both overlapping and distinct activities [Shi99a, Ritz01a, Ortenberg03, Fernandes05, Elgan10] (see oxidized glutaredoxin 1, reduced glutaredoxin 1, oxidized glutaredoxin 2, reduced glutaredoxin 2, oxidized glutaredoxin 3, reduced glutaredoxin 3, and glutaredoxin 4).

About This Pathway

After reducing protein disulfide groups back to their native form, the resulting oxidized glutaredoxins (shown here as a class an oxidized glutaredoxin) are reduced back to their active form ( a reduced glutaredoxin) with electrons donated by reduced glutathione molecules. In this reaction two molecules of the reduced form of glutathione are oxidized, condensing them into the single molecule glutathione disulfide. This may be a nonenzymatic process. No experimental evidence for an E. coli enzyme that specifically catalyzes the reduction of Grx1, Grx2 or Grx3 was found in a literature search, although a protein disulfide oxidoreductase could hypothetically catalyze this reaction. The glutathione disulfide is then reduced back into two individual glutathione molecules by the action of the NADPH utilizing enzyme glutathione reductase encoded by gene gor.

Reviews: [CarmelHarel00, Ritz01a, Ortenberg03, Fernandes04]

Created 04-Apr-1996 by Riley M, Marine Biological Laboratory
Revised 15-Jul-2005 by Caspi R, SRI International
Last-Curated 28-Jun-2012 by Fulcher C, SRI International


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Elgan10: Elgan TH, Planson AG, Beckwith J, Guntert P, Berndt KD (2010). "Determinants of activity in glutaredoxins: an in vitro evolved Grx1-like variant of Escherichia coli Grx3." Biochem J 430(3);487-95. PMID: 20604742

Fernandes04: Fernandes AP, Holmgren A (2004). "Glutaredoxins: glutathione-dependent redox enzymes with functions far beyond a simple thioredoxin backup system." Antioxid Redox Signal 6(1);63-74. PMID: 14713336

Fernandes05: Fernandes AP, Fladvad M, Berndt C, Andresen C, Lillig CH, Neubauer P, Sunnerhagen M, Holmgren A, Vlamis-Gardikas A (2005). "A novel monothiol glutaredoxin (Grx4) from Escherichia coli can serve as a substrate for thioredoxin reductase." J Biol Chem 280(26);24544-52. PMID: 15833738

Ortenberg03: Ortenberg R, Beckwith J (2003). "Functions of thiol-disulfide oxidoreductases in E. coli: redox myths, realities, and practicalities." Antioxid Redox Signal 5(4);403-11. PMID: 13678528

Ritz01a: Ritz D, Beckwith J (2001). "Roles of thiol-redox pathways in bacteria." Annu Rev Microbiol 55;21-48. PMID: 11544348

Shi99a: Shi J, Vlamis-Gardikas A, Aslund F, Holmgren A, Rosen BP (1999). "Reactivity of glutaredoxins 1, 2, and 3 from Escherichia coli shows that glutaredoxin 2 is the primary hydrogen donor to ArsC-catalyzed arsenate reduction." J Biol Chem 1999;274(51);36039-42. PMID: 10593884

Other References Related to Enzymes, Genes, Subpathways, and Substrates of this Pathway

Arscott89: Arscott LD, Drake DM, Williams CH (1989). "Inactivation-reactivation of two-electron reduced Escherichia coli glutathione reductase involving a dimer-monomer equilibrium." Biochemistry 28(8);3591-8. PMID: 2663073

BeckerHapak95: Becker-Hapak M, Eisenstark A (1995). "Role of rpoS in the regulation of glutathione oxidoreductase (gor) in Escherichia coli." FEMS Microbiol Lett 134(1);39-44. PMID: 8593953

BRENDA14: BRENDA team (2014). Imported from BRENDA version existing on Aug 2014.

Davis82: Davis NK, Greer S, Jones-Mortimer MC, Perham RN (1982). "Isolation and mapping of glutathione reductase-negative mutants of Escherichia coli K12." J Gen Microbiol 128(7);1631-4. PMID: 6214613

Deonarain89: Deonarain MP, Berry A, Scrutton NS, Perham RN (1989). "Alternative proton donors/acceptors in the catalytic mechanism of the glutathione reductase of Escherichia coli: the role of histidine-439 and tyrosine-99." Biochemistry 28(25);9602-7. PMID: 2558727

Deonarain90: Deonarain MP, Scrutton NS, Berry A, Perham RN (1990). "Directed mutagenesis of the redox-active disulphide bridge in glutathione reductase from Escherichia coli." Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 1990;241(1302);179-86. PMID: 1979442

Deonarain92: Deonarain MP, Scrutton NS, Perham RN (1992). "Engineering surface charge. 2. A method for purifying heterodimers of Escherichia coli glutathione reductase." Biochemistry 31(5);1498-504. PMID: 1737009

Deonarain92a: Deonarain MP, Scrutton NS, Perham RN (1992). "Engineering surface charge. 1. A method for detecting subunit exchange in Escherichia coli glutathione reductase." Biochemistry 31(5);1491-7. PMID: 1737008

Ermler91: Ermler U, Schulz GE (1991). "The three-dimensional structure of glutathione reductase from Escherichia coli at 3.0 A resolution." Proteins 9(3);174-9. PMID: 2006135

GOA01: GOA, MGI (2001). "Gene Ontology annotation based on Enzyme Commission mapping." Genomics 74;121-128.

GOA01a: GOA, DDB, FB, MGI, ZFIN (2001). "Gene Ontology annotation through association of InterPro records with GO terms."

Greer86: Greer S, Perham RN (1986). "Glutathione reductase from Escherichia coli: cloning and sequence analysis of the gene and relationship to other flavoprotein disulfide oxidoreductases." Biochemistry 25(9);2736-42. PMID: 3521741

Helmward89: Helmward Z "Handbook of Enzyme Inhibitors. 2nd, revised and enlarged edition." Weinheim, Federal Republic of Germany ; New York, NY, USA , 1989.

Henderson91: Henderson GB, Murgolo NJ, Kuriyan J, Osapay K, Kominos D, Berry A, Scrutton NS, Hinchliffe NW, Perham RN, Cerami A (1991). "Engineering the substrate specificity of glutathione reductase toward that of trypanothione reduction." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 88(19);8769-73. PMID: 1924337

Holmgren76: Holmgren A (1976). "Hydrogen donor system for Escherichia coli ribonucleoside-diphosphate reductase dependent upon glutathione." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1976;73(7);2275-9. PMID: 7783

Knapp04: Knapp KG, Swartz JR (2004). "Cell-free production of active E. coli thioredoxin reductase and glutathione reductase." FEBS Lett 559(1-3);66-70. PMID: 14960309

Kunert90: Kunert KJ, Cresswell CF, Schmidt A, Mullineaux PM, Foyer CH (1990). "Variations in the activity of glutathione reductase and the cellular glutathione content in relation to sensitivity to methylviologen in Escherichia coli." Arch Biochem Biophys 1990;282(2);233-8. PMID: 2241146

Lasserre06: Lasserre JP, Beyne E, Pyndiah S, Lapaillerie D, Claverol S, Bonneu M (2006). "A complexomic study of Escherichia coli using two-dimensional blue native/SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis." Electrophoresis 27(16);3306-21. PMID: 16858726

Lillig03: Lillig CH, Potamitou A, Schwenn JD, Vlamis-Gardikas A, Holmgren A (2003). "Redox regulation of 3'-phosphoadenylylsulfate reductase from Escherichia coli by glutathione and glutaredoxins." J Biol Chem 278(25);22325-30. PMID: 12682041

Mata84: Mata AM, Pinto MC, Lopez-Barea J (1984). "Purification by affinity chromatography of glutathione reductase (EC from Escherichia coli and characterization of such enzyme." Z Naturforsch [C] 39(9-10);908-15. PMID: 6393625

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