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2abe, resolution 2.00Å ()
Ligands: , ,
Gene: CA2 (Homo sapiens)
Activity: Carbonate dehydratase, with EC number
Resources: FirstGlance, OCA, RCSB, PDBsum
Coordinates: save as pdb, mmCIF, xml


Carbonic anhydrase activators: X-ray crystal structure of the adduct of human isozyme II with L-histidine as a platform for the design of stronger activators

Publication Abstract from PubMed

Activation of the carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC isoforms hCA I, II, and IV with l-histidine and some of its derivatives has been investigated by kinetic and X-ray crystallographic methods. l-His was a potent activator of isozymes I and IV (activation constants in the range of 4-33microM), and a moderate hCA II activator (activation constant of 113microM). Both carboxy- as well as amino-substituted l-His derivatives, such as the methyl ester or the dipeptide carnosine (beta-Ala-His), acted as more efficient activators as compared to l-His. The X-ray crystallographic structure of the hCA II-l-His adduct showed the activator to be anchored at the entrance of the active site cavity, participating in an extended network of hydrogen bonds with the amino acid residues His64, Asn67, and Gln92 and, with three water molecules connecting it to the zinc-bound water. Although the binding site of l-His is similar to that of histamine, the first CA activator for which the X-ray crystal structure has been reported in complex with hCA II (Briganti, F.; Mangani, S.; Orioli, P.; Scozzafava, A.; Vernaglione, G.; Supuran, C. T. Biochemistry1997, 36, 10384) there are important differences of binding between the two structurally related activators, since histamine interacts among others with Asn67 and Gln92 (similarly to l-His), but also with Asn62 and not His64, whereas the number of water molecules connecting them to the zinc-bound water is different (two for histamine, three for l-His). Furthermore, the imidazole moieties of the two activators adopt different conformations when bound to the enzyme active site. Since neither the amino- nor carboxy moieties of l-His participate in interactions with amino acid moieties of the active site, they can be derivatized for obtaining more potent activators, with pharmacological applications for the enhancement of synaptic efficacy. This may constitute a novel approach for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, aging, and other conditions in need of achieving spatial learning and memory therapy.

Carbonic anhydrase activators: X-ray crystal structure of the adduct of human isozyme II with L-histidine as a platform for the design of stronger activators., Temperini C, Scozzafava A, Puccetti L, Supuran CT, Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2005 Dec 1;15(23):5136-41. Epub 2005 Oct 7. PMID:16214338

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[CAH2_HUMAN] Defects in CA2 are the cause of osteopetrosis autosomal recessive type 3 (OPTB3) [MIM:259730]; also known as osteopetrosis with renal tubular acidosis, carbonic anhydrase II deficiency syndrome, Guibaud-Vainsel syndrome or marble brain disease. Osteopetrosis is a rare genetic disease characterized by abnormally dense bone, due to defective resorption of immature bone. The disorder occurs in two forms: a severe autosomal recessive form occurring in utero, infancy, or childhood, and a benign autosomal dominant form occurring in adolescence or adulthood. Autosomal recessive osteopetrosis is usually associated with normal or elevated amount of non-functional osteoclasts. OPTB3 is associated with renal tubular acidosis, cerebral calcification (marble brain disease) and in some cases with mental retardation.[1][2][3][4][5]


[CAH2_HUMAN] Essential for bone resorption and osteoclast differentiation (By similarity). Reversible hydration of carbon dioxide. Can hydrate cyanamide to urea. Involved in the regulation of fluid secretion into the anterior chamber of the eye.[6][7]

About this Structure

2abe is a 1 chain structure with sequence from Homo sapiens. Full crystallographic information is available from OCA.

See Also


  • Temperini C, Scozzafava A, Puccetti L, Supuran CT. Carbonic anhydrase activators: X-ray crystal structure of the adduct of human isozyme II with L-histidine as a platform for the design of stronger activators. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2005 Dec 1;15(23):5136-41. Epub 2005 Oct 7. PMID:16214338 doi:10.1016/j.bmcl.2005.08.069
  1. Venta PJ, Welty RJ, Johnson TM, Sly WS, Tashian RE. Carbonic anhydrase II deficiency syndrome in a Belgian family is caused by a point mutation at an invariant histidine residue (107 His----Tyr): complete structure of the normal human CA II gene. Am J Hum Genet. 1991 Nov;49(5):1082-90. PMID:1928091
  2. Roth DE, Venta PJ, Tashian RE, Sly WS. Molecular basis of human carbonic anhydrase II deficiency. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1992 Mar 1;89(5):1804-8. PMID:1542674
  3. Soda H, Yukizane S, Yoshida I, Koga Y, Aramaki S, Kato H. A point mutation in exon 3 (His 107-->Tyr) in two unrelated Japanese patients with carbonic anhydrase II deficiency with central nervous system involvement. Hum Genet. 1996 Apr;97(4):435-7. PMID:8834238
  4. Hu PY, Lim EJ, Ciccolella J, Strisciuglio P, Sly WS. Seven novel mutations in carbonic anhydrase II deficiency syndrome identified by SSCP and direct sequencing analysis. Hum Mutat. 1997;9(5):383-7. PMID:9143915 doi:<383::AID-HUMU1>3.0.CO;2-5 10.1002/(SICI)1098-1004(1997)9:5<383::AID-HUMU1>3.0.CO;2-5
  5. Shah GN, Bonapace G, Hu PY, Strisciuglio P, Sly WS. Carbonic anhydrase II deficiency syndrome (osteopetrosis with renal tubular acidosis and brain calcification): novel mutations in CA2 identified by direct sequencing expand the opportunity for genotype-phenotype correlation. Hum Mutat. 2004 Sep;24(3):272. PMID:15300855 doi:10.1002/humu.9266
  6. Briganti F, Mangani S, Scozzafava A, Vernaglione G, Supuran CT. Carbonic anhydrase catalyzes cyanamide hydration to urea: is it mimicking the physiological reaction? J Biol Inorg Chem. 1999 Oct;4(5):528-36. PMID:10550681
  7. Kim CY, Whittington DA, Chang JS, Liao J, May JA, Christianson DW. Structural aspects of isozyme selectivity in the binding of inhibitors to carbonic anhydrases II and IV. J Med Chem. 2002 Feb 14;45(4):888-93. PMID:11831900

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