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European journal of biochemistry

Characterization of an omega-class glutathione S-transferase from Schistosoma mansoni with glutaredoxin-like dehydroascorbate reductase and thiol transferase activities.


PMID 12423349

Abstract

Glutathione S-transferases (EC 2.5.1.18) (GSTs), are a family of multifunctional enzymes present in all living organisms whose main function is the detoxification of electrophilic compounds. GSTs are considered the most prominent detoxifying class II enzymes in helminths. We describe here the characterization of novel dehydroascorbate reductase and thiol transferase activities that reside in the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni GSTx. Protein sequence analysis of this parasite product showed lower identity to known GSTs. However, phylogenic analysis placed SmGSTx among the recently described omega class GSTs (GSTO1-1). We report here that SmGSTO protein is a 28-kDa polypeptide, detected in all life stages of the parasite, being highly expressed in adult worms. Like other omega class GSTs, SmGSTO showed very low activity toward classical GSTs substrates as 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene, and no binding affinity to glutathione-agarose matrix but showed some biochemical characteristics related with thioredoxins/glutaredoxins. Interestingly, SmGSTO was able to bind S-hexyl glutathione matrix and displayed significant glutathione-dependent dehydroascorbate reductase and thiol transferase enzymatic activities.

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