Multiple global suppressors of protein stability defects facilitate the evolution of extended-spectrum TEM β-lactamases.


The introduction of extended-spectrum cephalosporins and β-lactamase inhibitors has driven the evolution of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) that possess the ability to hydrolyze these drugs. The evolved TEM ESBLs from clinical isolates of bacteria often contain substitutions that occur in the active site and alter the catalytic properties of the enzyme to provide an increased hydrolysis of extended-spectrum cephalosporins or an increased resistance to inhibitors. These active-site substitutions often result in a cost in the form of reduced enzyme stability. The evolution of TEM ESBLs is facilitated by mutations that act as global suppressors of protein stability defects in that they allow the enzyme to absorb multiple amino acid changes despite incremental losses in stability associated with the substitutions. The best-studied example is the M182T substitution, which corrects protein stability defects and is commonly found in TEM ESBLs or inhibitor-resistant variants from clinical isolates. In this study, a genetic selection for second-site mutations that could partially restore function to a severely destabilized primary mutant enabled the identification of A184V, T265M, R275Q, and N276D, which are known to occur in TEM ESBLs from clinical isolates, as suppressors of TEM-1 protein stability defects. Further characterization demonstrated that these substitutions increased the thermal stability of TEM-1 and were able to correct the stability defects of two different sets of destabilizing mutations. The acquisition of compensatory global suppressors of stability costs associated with active-site mutations may be a common mechanism for the evolution of novel protein function.

Submission Details

ID: 894DYqwn

Submitter: Shu-Ching Ou

Submission Date: Nov. 27, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

Version: 1

Publication Details
Brown NG;Pennington JM;Huang W;Ayvaz T;Palzkill T,J Mol Biol (2010) Multiple global suppressors of protein stability defects facilitate the evolution of extended-spectrum TEM β-lactamases. PMID:20955714
Additional Information

Structure view and single mutant data analysis

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Data Distribution

Studies with similar sequences (approximate matches)

Correlation with other assays (exact sequence matches)

Relevant UniProtKB Entries

Percent Identity Matching Chains Protein Accession Entry Name
100.0 Beta-lactamase TEM P62593 BLAT_ECOLX
100.0 Beta-lactamase TEM P62594 BLAT_SALTI
99.6 Beta-lactamase TEM Q48406 BLAT_KLEOX