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1cml, resolution 1.69Å ()
Ligands: , ,
Activity: Naringenin-chalcone synthase, with EC number
Resources: FirstGlance, OCA, RCSB, PDBsum
Coordinates: save as pdb, mmCIF, xml


Publication Abstract from PubMed

Chalcone synthase (CHS) is pivotal for the biosynthesis of flavonoid antimicrobial phytoalexins and anthocyanin pigments in plants. It produces chalcone by condensing one p-coumaroyl- and three malonyl-coenzyme A thioesters into a polyketide reaction intermediate that cyclizes. The crystal structures of CHS alone and complexed with substrate and product analogs reveal the active site architecture that defines the sequence and chemistry of multiple decarboxylation and condensation reactions and provides a molecular understanding of the cyclization reaction leading to chalcone synthesis. The structure of CHS complexed with resveratrol also suggests how stilbene synthase, a related enzyme, uses the same substrates and an alternate cyclization pathway to form resveratrol. By using the three-dimensional structure and the large database of CHS-like sequences, we can identify proteins likely to possess novel substrate and product specificity. The structure elucidates the chemical basis of plant polyketide biosynthesis and provides a framework for engineering CHS-like enzymes to produce new products.

Structure of chalcone synthase and the molecular basis of plant polyketide biosynthesis., Ferrer JL, Jez JM, Bowman ME, Dixon RA, Noel JP, Nat Struct Biol. 1999 Aug;6(8):775-84. PMID:10426957

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

About this Structure

1cml is a 1 chain structure with sequence from Medicago sativa. Full crystallographic information is available from OCA.


  • Ferrer JL, Jez JM, Bowman ME, Dixon RA, Noel JP. Structure of chalcone synthase and the molecular basis of plant polyketide biosynthesis. Nat Struct Biol. 1999 Aug;6(8):775-84. PMID:10426957 doi:
  • Wall ME, Subramaniam S, Phillips GN Jr. Protein structure determination using a database of interatomic distance probabilities. Protein Sci. 1999 Dec;8(12):2720-7. PMID:10631988 doi:10.1110/ps.8.12.2720

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