Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Enzyme: fused PutA DNA-binding transcriptional repressor / proline dehydrogenase / 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase

Gene: putA Accession Numbers: EG10801 (EcoCyc), b1014, ECK1005

Synonyms: putC, poaA

Regulation Summary Diagram: ?

Regulation summary diagram for putA

Subunit composition of fused PutA DNA-binding transcriptional repressor / proline dehydrogenase / 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase = [PutA]2
         fused PutA transcriptional repressor / proline dehydrogenase / 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase = PutA

PutA is a flavoprotein with mutually exclusive functions as a transcriptional repressor and membrane-associated enzyme. The switch between the two activities is due to conformational changes triggered by proline binding. In the presence of proline, PutA is associated with the cytoplasmic membrane and acts a bifunctional enzyme catalyzing both reactions of the proline degradation pathway: the oxidation of proline by proline dehydrogenase and subsequent oxidation to glutamate by pyrroline-5-carboxylate (P5C) dehydrogenase. In the absence of proline, PutA is cytoplasmic and functions as a transcriptional repressor of the put regulon.

The N-terminal 47 residues with a ribbon-helix-helix fold contain the dimerization domain and the specific DNA-binding activity of PutA [Gu04, Zhou08b, Singh11b]. The Lys9 residue is essential for recognition of put promoter DNA [Larson06]. Crystal structures of this domain have been solved [Larson06, Zhou08b]. In the absence of proline, PutA binds to operator sequences in the putA-putP intergenic region and represses transcription, most likely by keeping RNA polymerase from binding to the putA promoter [Zhou08b].

The proline dehydrogenase activity resides in the amino-terminal 669 amino acids of PutA; a truncated protein retains proline dehydrogenase and DNA-binding activity but lacks membrane association and 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase activity [Vinod02]. Proline dehydrogenase activity requires the presence of an electron acceptor; in vivo, it is thought that the reduced FADH2 transfers electrons to the quinone pool in the cytoplasmic membrane, and finally to oxygen via the respiratory chain [Abrahamson83]. The proline:ubiquinone oxidoreductase reaction proceeds via a rapid equilibrium ping-pong mechanism with proline and ubiquinone binding at two distinct sites [Moxley11]. Association of the enzyme with the membrane is dependent on reduction of the FAD cofactor, which induces a change in the conformation of the protein [Wood87, Brown93, Zhu03]. Both proline binding and FAD reduction contribute to the conformational change [Zhu05a]. The membrane-associated form of PutA does not bind put promoter DNA; thus, the enzymatic and DNA-binding activities of PutA are mutually exclusive [Zhang04b].

Crystal structures of the amino-terminal proline dehydrogenase domain have been reported [Lee03f, Zhang04c, Zhang07b, Ostrander09, Srivastava10], and site-directed mutants in various active site residues have been characterized [Zhang04c, Baban04, Zhang07b, Ostrander09]. These studies resulted in a detailed picture of the mechanism of the redox-dependent structural changes of the protein and identified Y540 as an important substrate specificity determinant. A solution structure of the entire protein using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) show that PutA is a symmetric V-shaped dimer. Parts of the C-terminal domain may function as a lid that covers the internal substrate-channeling cavity [Singh11b].

The C-terminal domain shows similarity to aldehyde dehydrogenases, indicating that the true substrate for the second enzymatic activity may be γ-glutamic semialdehyde, which is thought to spontaneously equilibrate with P5C [Ling94].

Expression of putA is reduced by prolonged exposure to osmotic stress [Deutch89].

PutA: "proline utilization" [Wood80]

Reviews: [Maloy93, Zhou08c, Commichau08]

Citations: [Becker01a]

Gene Citations: [Nakao87]

Locations: inner membrane, cytosol

Map Position: [1,074,143 <- 1,078,105] (23.15 centisomes, 83°)
Length: 3963 bp / 1320 aa

Molecular Weight of Polypeptide: 143.82 kD (from nucleotide sequence), 137.0 kD (experimental) [Brown92 ]

Molecular Weight of Multimer: 293.0 kD (experimental) [Brown92]

pI: 10.7

Unification Links: ASAP:ABE-0003424 , CGSC:333 , DIP:DIP-10620N , EchoBASE:EB0794 , EcoGene:EG10801 , EcoliWiki:B1014 , Mint:MINT-1267731 , ModBase:P09546 , OU-Microarray:b1014 , PortEco:putA , PR:PRO_000023647 , Pride:P09546 , Protein Model Portal:P09546 , RefSeq:NP_415534 , RegulonDB:EG10801 , SMR:P09546 , String:511145.b1014 , UniProt:P09546

Relationship Links: InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR002872 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR005933 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR010985 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR015590 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR016160 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR016161 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR016162 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR016163 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR024082 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR024089 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR024090 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR025703 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR029041 , InterPro:IN-FAMILY:IPR029510 , PDB:Structure:1TIW , PDB:Structure:1TJ0 , PDB:Structure:1TJ1 , PDB:Structure:1TJ2 , PDB:Structure:2AY0 , PDB:Structure:2FZM , PDB:Structure:2FZN , PDB:Structure:2GPE , PDB:Structure:2RBF , PDB:Structure:3E2Q , PDB:Structure:3E2R , PDB:Structure:3E2S , PDB:Structure:3ITG , PDB:Structure:4JNY , PDB:Structure:4JNZ , PDB:Structure:4O8A , Pfam:IN-FAMILY:PF00171 , Pfam:IN-FAMILY:PF01619 , Pfam:IN-FAMILY:PF14850 , Prosite:IN-FAMILY:PS00070 , Prosite:IN-FAMILY:PS00687

In Paralogous Gene Group: 95 (14 members)

Gene-Reaction Schematic: ?

Gene-Reaction Schematic

Genetic Regulation Schematic: ?

Genetic regulation schematic for putA

GO Terms:

Biological Process: GO:0010133 - proline catabolic process to glutamate Inferred from experiment Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA12, GOA01, Wood80]
GO:0045892 - negative regulation of transcription, DNA-templated Inferred from experiment [Zhou08b]
GO:0006351 - transcription, DNA-templated Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11]
GO:0006355 - regulation of transcription, DNA-templated Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11, GOA01]
GO:0006560 - proline metabolic process Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11]
GO:0006561 - proline biosynthetic process Inferred by computational analysis [GOA01]
GO:0008152 - metabolic process Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11, GOA01]
GO:0055114 - oxidation-reduction process Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11, GOA01]
Molecular Function: GO:0000986 - bacterial-type RNA polymerase core promoter proximal region sequence-specific DNA binding Inferred from experiment [Zhou08b]
GO:0001141 - bacterial-type RNA polymerase core promoter proximal region sequence-specific DNA binding transcription factor activity involved in negative regulation of transcription Inferred from experiment [Zhou08b]
GO:0003677 - DNA binding Inferred from experiment Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11, Brown92]
GO:0003842 - 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase activity Inferred from experiment Inferred by computational analysis [GOA01, Brown92]
GO:0004657 - proline dehydrogenase activity Inferred from experiment Inferred by computational analysis [GOA01, Moxley11, Ostrander09, Graham84, Brown92]
GO:0043565 - sequence-specific DNA binding Inferred from experiment [Gu04]
GO:0050660 - flavin adenine dinucleotide binding Inferred from experiment [Brown92]
GO:0003700 - sequence-specific DNA binding transcription factor activity Inferred by computational analysis [GOA01]
GO:0003824 - catalytic activity Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11]
GO:0004029 - aldehyde dehydrogenase (NAD) activity Inferred by computational analysis [Gaudet10]
GO:0016491 - oxidoreductase activity Inferred by computational analysis [UniProtGOA11, GOA01]
GO:0016620 - oxidoreductase activity, acting on the aldehyde or oxo group of donors, NAD or NADP as acceptor Inferred by computational analysis [GOA01]
Cellular Component: GO:0009898 - cytoplasmic side of plasma membrane Inferred from experiment [Brown92]
GO:0005737 - cytoplasm Inferred by curator
GO:0005829 - cytosol [Graham84]
GO:0005886 - plasma membrane [Graham84]

MultiFun Terms: information transfer RNA related Transcription related
metabolism carbon utilization amino acids
metabolism energy production/transport electron donors
regulation type of regulation transcriptional level repressor

DNA binding site length: 6 base-pairs

Symmetry: Asymmetric

Consensus DNA Binding Sequence: GTTGCA

Regulated Transcription Units (2 total): ?


Transcription-unit diagram

Transcription-unit diagram

Essentiality data for putA knockouts: ?

Growth Medium Growth? T (°C) O2 pH Osm/L Growth Observations
LB enriched Yes 37 Aerobic 6.95   Yes [Gerdes03, Comment 1]
LB Lennox Yes 37 Aerobic 7   Yes [Baba06, Comment 2]
M9 medium with 1% glycerol Yes 37 Aerobic 7.2 0.35 Yes [Joyce06, Comment 3]
MOPS medium with 0.4% glucose Yes 37 Aerobic 7.2 0.22 Yes [Baba06, Comment 2]
Yes [Feist07, Comment 4]

Last-Curated ? 08-Nov-2011 by Keseler I , SRI International

Enzymatic reaction of: proline dehydrogenase

Synonyms: proline oxidase, L-proline:(acceptor) oxidoreductase, PDH

EC Number:

Transport reaction diagram for proline dehydrogenase

Alternative Substrates for L-proline: L-thiazolidine-4-carboxylate [Deutch92 ]

In Pathways: proline degradation , proline to cytochrome bo oxidase electron transfer

Hydroxy-L-proline is utilized at 3% of the rate of L-proline [Scarpulla78].

Inhibition by cyanide of the activity measured in association with membranes suggests that electrons are transferred from FADH2 to a cyanide-sensitive terminal oxidase [Abrahamson83].

The highest catalytic efficiency has been observed with menadione and CoQ2 as the electron acceptor. The Km for proline is lowest with membrane vesicles as electron acceptor, at 1.5 mM [Moxley11].

Cofactors or Prosthetic Groups: FAD [Scarpulla78, Brown92, Brown93]

Inhibitors (Competitive): L-tetrahydro-2-furoic acid [Zhu02a] , azetidine-2-carboxylate [Scarpulla78] , pyruvate [Scarpulla78] , (R)-lactate [Scarpulla78] , (S)-lactate [Scarpulla78]

Inhibitors (Unknown Mechanism): N-propargylglycine [Srivastava10] , amobarbital [Abrahamson83, Graham84]

Kinetic Parameters:

Km (μM)

Enzymatic reaction of: 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase

Synonyms: δ-1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase, P5C dehydrogenase, 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate:NAD+ oxidoreductase, P5CDH

EC Number:

L-glutamate-5-semialdehyde + NAD+ + H2O <=> L-glutamate + NADH + 2 H+

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 irreversible in the direction shown.

In Pathways: proline degradation

Sequence Features

Protein sequence of fused PutA transcriptional repressor / proline dehydrogenase / 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase with features indicated

Feature Class Location Citations Comment
Cleavage-of-Initial-Methionine 1
Protein-Segment 228 -> 574
UniProt: Proline dehydrogenase; Sequence Annotation Type: region of interest;
Sequence-Conflict 531
[Ling94, UniProt10]
UniProt: (in Ref. 1; AAB59985);
Protein-Segment 653 -> 1119
UniProt: Aldehyde dehydrogenase; Sequence Annotation Type: region of interest;
Active-Site 883
UniProt: Non-Experimental Qualifier: by similarity;
Active-Site 917
UniProt: Non-Experimental Qualifier: by similarity;

Gene Local Context (not to scale): ?

Gene local context diagram

Transcription Unit:

Transcription-unit diagram


10/20/97 Gene b1014 from Blattner lab Genbank (v. M52) entry merged into EcoCyc gene EG10801; confirmed by SwissProt match.


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Joyce06: Joyce AR, Reed JL, White A, Edwards R, Osterman A, Baba T, Mori H, Lesely SA, Palsson BO, Agarwalla S (2006). "Experimental and computational assessment of conditionally essential genes in Escherichia coli." J Bacteriol 188(23);8259-71. PMID: 17012394

Larson06: Larson JD, Jenkins JL, Schuermann JP, Zhou Y, Becker DF, Tanner JJ (2006). "Crystal structures of the DNA-binding domain of Escherichia coli proline utilization A flavoprotein and analysis of the role of Lys9 in DNA recognition." Protein Sci 15(11);2630-41. PMID: 17001030

Lee03f: Lee YH, Nadaraia S, Gu D, Becker DF, Tanner JJ (2003). "Structure of the proline dehydrogenase domain of the multifunctional PutA flavoprotein." Nat Struct Biol 10(2);109-14. PMID: 12514740

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Maloy93: Maloy S, Stewart V (1993). "Autogenous regulation of gene expression." J Bacteriol 175(2);307-16. PMID: 8419283

Moxley11: Moxley MA, Tanner JJ, Becker DF (2011). "Steady-state kinetic mechanism of the proline:ubiquinone oxidoreductase activity of proline utilization A (PutA) from Escherichia coli." Arch Biochem Biophys 516(2);113-20. PMID: 22040654

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Ostrander09: Ostrander EL, Larson JD, Schuermann JP, Tanner JJ (2009). "A conserved active site tyrosine residue of proline dehydrogenase helps enforce the preference for proline over hydroxyproline as the substrate." Biochemistry 48(5);951-9. PMID: 19140736

Scarpulla78: Scarpulla RC, Soffer RL (1978). "Membrane-bound proline dehydrogenase from Escherichia coli. Solubilization, purification, and characterization." J Biol Chem 1978;253(17);5997-6001. PMID: 355248

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Srivastava10: Srivastava D, Zhu W, Johnson WH, Whitman CP, Becker DF, Tanner JJ (2010). "The structure of the proline utilization a proline dehydrogenase domain inactivated by N-propargylglycine provides insight into conformational changes induced by substrate binding and flavin reduction." Biochemistry 49(3);560-9. PMID: 19994913

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Wood81: Wood JM (1981). "Genetics of L-proline utilization in Escherichia coli." J Bacteriol 146(3);895-901. PMID: 7016835

Wood87: Wood JM (1987). "Membrane association of proline dehydrogenase in Escherichia coli is redox dependent." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1987;84(2);373-7. PMID: 3540963

Zhang04b: Zhang W, Zhou Y, Becker DF (2004). "Regulation of PutA-membrane associations by flavin adenine dinucleotide reduction." Biochemistry 43(41);13165-74. PMID: 15476410

Zhang04c: Zhang M, White TA, Schuermann JP, Baban BA, Becker DF, Tanner JJ (2004). "Structures of the Escherichia coli PutA proline dehydrogenase domain in complex with competitive inhibitors." Biochemistry 43(39);12539-48. PMID: 15449943

Zhang07b: Zhang W, Zhang M, Zhu W, Zhou Y, Wanduragala S, Rewinkel D, Tanner JJ, Becker DF (2007). "Redox-induced changes in flavin structure and roles of flavin N(5) and the ribityl 2'-OH group in regulating PutA--membrane binding." Biochemistry 46(2);483-91. PMID: 17209558

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Other References Related to Gene Regulation

Ogasawara12: Ogasawara H, Shinohara S, Yamamoto K, Ishihama A (2012). "Novel regulation targets of the metal-response BasS-BasR two-component system of Escherichia coli." Microbiology 158(Pt 6);1482-92. PMID: 22442305

Pomposiello01: Pomposiello PJ, Bennik MH, Demple B (2001). "Genome-wide transcriptional profiling of the Escherichia coli responses to superoxide stress and sodium salicylate." J Bacteriol 183(13);3890-902. PMID: 11395452

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