|Gene:||aspS||Accession Numbers: EG10097 (MetaCyc), b1866, ECK1867|
Species: Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655
Aspartyl-tRNA synthetase (AspRS) is a member of the family of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, which interpret the genetic code by covalently linking amino acids to their specific tRNA molecules. The reaction is driven by ATP hydrolysis. AspRS belongs to the Class II aminoacyl tRNA synthetases, which share three regions of homology [Eriani90].
The enzyme is a dimer in solution [Eriani90a]. Crystal structures of AspRS have been determined and allow modelling of specific interactions with the tRNA and the reaction mechanism [Eiler99, Rees00, Moulinier01]. AspRS activity appears to be the target of processed Microcin C, which is an aspartyl adenylate analog [Metlitskaya06].
The tls-1 allele of aspS consists of a P555S mutation in the highly conserved proline residue of motif 3. It has no significant effect on substrate binding, but may affect the active site [Martin97]. Specific interactions of AspRS with tRNA(Asp) were deduced from the crystal structures and by mutagenesis of the tRNA substrate [Choi03]. The L45 loop within the OB-fold domain of AspRS appears to be responsible for anticodon recognition [Brevet03]. Mutations that allow charging of an amber tRNAAsp with aspartate mostly localize to the anticodon binding domain of AspRS, although some are far from the anticodon binding domain [Martin04a].
Amino acid substrate specificity and discrimination by AspRS is complex. AspRS can misacylate tRNAAsp with D-Asp [Soutourina00, Thompson07a]. The misacylated D-Asp-tRNAAsp can be hydrolyzed by D-Tyr-tRNATyr deacylase [Soutourina00]. Molecular-dynamics free-energy simulations have been used to study substrate specificity [Archontis98, Archontis01, Archontis01a]. They suggest that a labile proton at His448 is mostly responsible for discrimination between Asp and Asn, that ATP acts as a mobile discriminator [Thompson06], and that strongly bound ATP-associated Mg2+ aids AspAMP recognition [Thompson06a]. Mutations in binding pocket residues have similar effects in experimental and simulation tests: discrimination between Asp and Asn is reduced, but not eliminated [Thompson08].
|Map Position: [1,946,774 <- 1,948,546]|
Molecular Weight of Polypeptide: 65.913 kD (from nucleotide sequence), 65 kD (experimental) [Eriani90a ]
Unification Links: ASAP:ABE-0006226 , CGSC:32508 , DIP:DIP-9182N , EchoBASE:EB0095 , EcoGene:EG10097 , EcoliWiki:b1866 , Mint:MINT-1249167 , ModBase:P21889 , OU-Microarray:b1866 , PortEco:aspS , PR:PRO_000022173 , Pride:P21889 , Protein Model Portal:P21889 , RefSeq:NP_416380 , RegulonDB:EG10097 , SMR:P21889 , String:511145.b1866 , UniProt:P21889
Relationship Links: InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR002312 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR004115 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR004364 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR004365 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR004524 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR006195 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR012340 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR018150 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR029351 , Panther:IN-FAMILY:PTHR22594 , Panther:IN-FAMILY:PTHR22594:SF5 , PDB:Structure:1C0A , PDB:Structure:1EQR , PDB:Structure:1IL2 , Pfam:IN-FAMILY:PF00152 , Pfam:IN-FAMILY:PF01336 , Pfam:IN-FAMILY:PF02938 , Prints:IN-FAMILY:PR01042 , Prosite:IN-FAMILY:PS50862
|Biological Process:||GO:0006422 - aspartyl-tRNA aminoacylation
GO:0006412 - translation [UniProtGOA11a]
GO:0006418 - tRNA aminoacylation for protein translation [GOA01a]
|Molecular Function:||GO:0004815 - aspartate-tRNA ligase activity
GO:0000166 - nucleotide binding [UniProtGOA11a, GOA01a]
GO:0003676 - nucleic acid binding [GOA01a]
GO:0004812 - aminoacyl-tRNA ligase activity [UniProtGOA11a, GOA01a]
GO:0005524 - ATP binding [UniProtGOA11a, GOA01a]
GO:0016874 - ligase activity [UniProtGOA11a, GOA01a]
|Cellular Component:||GO:0005829 - cytosol
[DiazMejia09, Ishihama08, Lasserre06]
GO:0005737 - cytoplasm [UniProtGOA11, UniProtGOA11a, GOA01a]
|MultiFun Terms:||information transfer → protein related → amino acid -activation|
Enzymatic reaction of: aspartyl-tRNA synthetase
EC Number: 188.8.131.52
The reaction direction shown, that is, A + B ↔ C + D versus C + D ↔ A + B, is in accordance with the direction in which it was curated.
The reaction is physiologically favored in the direction shown.
In Pathways: tRNA charging
Kinetic parameters were also measured in crude extracts of a strain overexpressing aspS [Eriani90a].
|Feature Class||Location||Attached Group||Citations||Comment|
|Protein-Segment||195 -> 198|
|Nucleotide-Phosphate-Binding-Region||217 -> 219||ATP|
|Nucleotide-Phosphate-Binding-Region||534 -> 537||ATP|
10/20/97 Gene b1866 from Blattner lab Genbank (v. M52) entry merged into EcoCyc gene EG10097; confirmed by SwissProt match.
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