The synthesis and properties in enzymic reactions of substrate analogs containing the methylphosphonyl group

Robert A. Lazarus, Patricia A. Benkovic, Stephen J. Benkovic

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The properties of the methylphosphonyl group as a substrate analog for the phosphoryl moiety of various biological phosphoryl donors have been investigated in several enzymic phosphoryl transfer reactions. The synthesis and characterization of adenosine 5′-[β-methylphosphonyl]diphosphate, adenosine 5′-methylphosphonate, acetyl methylphosphonate, and methylphosphonoenolpyruvate are fully described. Adenosine 5′-[β-methylphosphonyl]diphosphate is not a substrate for adenylate kinase, hexokinase, 3-phosphoglycerate kinase, glycerol kinase, phosphofructokinase, creatine kinase, alkaline phosphatase, or nucleoside 5′-diphosphate kinase. Competitive inhibition of ATP was observed with hexokinase and 3-phosphoglycerate kinase with Ki Km ∼- 10. Adenosine 5′-methylphosphonate was a substrate for adenylate deaminase and 5′-nucleotidase, but not for adenylate kinase, acid phosphatase, 5′-phosphodiesterase, or 3′-phosphodiesterase. Acetyl methylphosphonate inhibits the reaction of acetyl phosphate with acetate kinase, but methylphosphonoenolpyruvate has no effect upon the reaction of phosphoenolpyruvate with pyruvate kinase. The results indicate that with the exception of 5′-nucleotidase, the methyphosphonyl group is incapable of undergoing phosphoryl transfer. One interpretation among others is that a metaphosphate-type mechanism is required for these processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-225
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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