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Renilla Luciferase (RLuc) is a blue light emitter protein which can be applied as a valuable tool in medical diagnosis. But due to lack of the crystal structure of RLuc-ligand complex, the functional motions and catalytic mechanism of this enzyme remain largely unknown. In the present study, the active site properties and the ligand-receptor interactions of the native RLuc and its red-shifted light emitting variant (Super RLuc 8) were investigated using molecular docking approach, molecular dynamics (MD) analysis, and MM-PBSA method. The detailed analysis of the main clusters led to identifying a lid-like structure and its functional motions. Furthermore, an induced-fit mechanism is proposed where ligand-binding induces conformational changes of the active site. Our findings give an insight into the deeper understanding of RLuc conformational changes during binding steps and ligand-receptor pattern. Moreover, our work broaden our understanding of how active site geometry is adjusted to support the catalytic activity and red-shifted light emission in Super RLuc 8. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Zahra Fanaei-Kahrani, Mohamad Reza Ganjalikhany, Seyed Mohammad Mahdi Rasa, Rahman Emamzadeh. New insights into the molecular characteristics behind the function of Renilla luciferase. Journal of cellular biochemistry. 2017 Aug 10

PMID: 28796298

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