ENZYME CATALYSIS AND REGULATION| Volume 275, ISSUE 16, P11964-11971, April 21, 2000

# X-ray Crystal Structure and Characterization of Halide-binding Sites of Human Myeloperoxidase at 1.8 Å Resolution*

• Author Footnotes
* This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grant GM 49149 (to R. E. F.).The costs of publication of this article were defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. The article must therefore be hereby marked “advertisement” in accordance with 18 U.S.C. Section 1734 solely to indicate this fact.The atomic coordinates and the structure factors (code 1cxp) have been deposited in the Protein Data Bank, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (http://www.rcsb.org/).
‡ Present address: Inst. fur Molekularbiologie and Biophysik, ETH-Honggerberg, HPM F4, CH-8093, Zurich, Switzerland.
Open AccessPublished:April 21, 2000
The x-ray crystal structure of human myeloperoxidase has been extended to 1.8 Å resolution, using x-ray data recorded at −180 °C (r = 0.197, freer = 0.239). Results confirm that the heme is covalently attached to the protein via two ester linkages between the carboxyl groups of Glu242 and Asp94 and modified methyl groups on pyrrole rings A and C of the heme as well as a sulfonium ion linkage between the sulfur atom of Met243and the β-carbon of the vinyl group on pyrrole ring A. In the native enzyme a bound chloride ion has been identified at the amino terminus of the helix containing the proximal His336. Determination of the x-ray crystal structure of a myeloperoxidase-bromide complex (r = 0.243, free r = 0.296) has shown that this chloride ion can be replaced by bromide. Bromide is also seen to bind, at partial occupancy, in the distal heme cavity, in close proximity to the distal His95, where it replaces the water molecule hydrogen bonded to Gln91. The bromide-binding site in the distal cavity appears to be the halide-binding site responsible for shifts in the Soret band of the absorption spectrum of myeloperoxidase. It is proposed that halide binding to this site inhibits the enzyme by effectively competing with H2O2 for access to the distal histidine, whereas in compound I, the same site may be the halide substrate-binding site.
MPO
myeloperoxidase
LPO
lactoperoxidase
PEG 8k
polyethylene glycol (average mass, 8 kDa)
Myeloperoxidase (MPO, EC1.11.1.7)1 is a heme-containing enzyme found in mammalian neutrophils, where it catalyzes the hydrogen peroxide mediated peroxidation of halide ions (
• Agner K.
,
• Harrison J.E.
• Schultz J.
) and the pseudohalide thiocyanate (
• Wever R.
• Kast W.M.
• Kasinoedin J.H.
• Boelens R.
,
• Van Dalen C.J.
• Whitehouse M.W.
• Winterbourn C.C.
• Kettle A.J.
), according to the following reaction.
$H2O2+Cl−+H3O+=HOCl+2H2O$

Products of these reactions and their secondary metabolites are responsible for killing phagocytized bacteria and viruses (
• Klebanoff S.J.
,
• Belding M.E.
• Klebanoff S.J.
• Ray C.G.
). MPO is one member of a gene family of mammalian peroxidases that also includes eosinophil peroxidase, lactoperoxidase (LPO), thyroid peroxidase, and prostaglandin H synthase (
• Merlie J.P.
• Fagan D.
• Mudd J.
• Needleman P.
,
• Kimura S.
• Ikeda-Saito M.
,
• Cals M.M.
• Maillart P.
• Brignon G.
• Dumas B.R.
).
The mature enzyme is a 140-kDa dimer of identical halves, each consisting of two polypeptide chains of 108 and 466 amino acids resulting from post-translational excision of 6 amino acids from a single polypeptide precursor (
• Koeffler H.P.
• Ranyard J.
• Pertcheck M.
,
• Akin D.T.
). Each half molecule contains a covalently bound heme that exhibits unusual spectral properties. The Soret band at 428 nm in the ferric enzyme is considerably red-shifted compared with other heme proteins, and relatively strong absorption bands in the visible region are responsible for the characteristic green color of the enzyme (
• Wever R.
• Plat H.
). Selective cleavage of a single disulfide bridge linking the two halves of MPO yields the hemi-enzyme that exhibits spectral and catalytic properties indistinguishable from those of the intact enzyme (
• Andrews P.C.
• Krinsky N.I.
).
The overall protein fold of MPO was first revealed by a 3-Å resolution crystal structure of the canine enzyme (
• Zeng J.
• Fenna R.E.
). Apparently identical halves of the dimeric molecule are related by a noncrystallographic dyad axis and covalently linked by a single disulfide bridge at Cys153. The secondary structure is largely α-helical, with very little β-sheet. Each half molecule consists of a central core of five helices and a covalently attached heme. Four of these helices derive from the large polypeptide and the fifth from the small. The remainder of the large polypeptide folds into four separate domains and a single open loop that surround the central core. The small polypeptide wraps around the surface of the molecule with only its carboxyl-terminal helix penetrating the interior to form part of the central core. A very similar protein fold has been found for the catalytic domain of the membrane-bound enzyme prostaglandin H synthase, which shares 22% sequence identity with MPO (
• Picot D.
• Loll P.J.
• Garavito M.
). Structure determination has confirmed the presence of a calcium-binding site and three sites of asparagine-linked glycosylation (Asn189, Asn225, and Asn317) as well as the identities of the proximal His336 and distal His95. However, the relatively low resolution (3 Å) did not allow full characterization of the covalent linkages between the heme and the protein. Details of these interactions and full characterization of the heme were later established by a 2.3-Å resolution crystal structure of the human enzyme (
• Fenna R.
• Zeng J.
• Davey C.
). The heme was identified as a derivative of protoporphyrin IX in which the methyl groups on pyrrole rings A and C had been modified to allow formation of ester linkages with Glu242 and Asp94, respectively. A third covalent link was identified as a sulfonium ion linkage between the sulfur atom of Met243 and the terminal β-carbon of the vinyl group on pyrrole ring A. Presence of the latter has been confirmed by mass spectrometric analysis of the heme released by autolytic cleavage and protease digestion (
• Taylor K.L.
• Strobel F.
• Yue K.T.
• Ram P.
• Pohl J.
• Woods A.S.
).
The reaction between heme-peroxidases and hydrogen peroxide results in the formation of compound I, in which two oxidizing equivalents are stored as an oxyferryl Fe IV π-cation radical (
• Dolphin D.
• Forman A.
• Borg D.C.
• Felton R.H.
). In the case of MPO, this oxidized form of the enzyme is capable of either two-electron peroxidation of halide ions and thiocyanate or single-electron oxidation of a wide variety of aromatic alcohols and amines. The mechanism by which MPO catalyzes halide peroxidation is complex, because both H2O2 and halide are also inhibitors. Halide inhibition is competitive with respect to H2O2, and at any given pH there is an optimal ratio of the concentrations of halide: H2O2consistent with maximal reaction velocity (
• Stelmaszynska T.
• Zgliczynski J.M.
,
• Zgliczynski J.M.
• Selvaraj R.J.
• Paul B.B.
• Stelmaszynska T.
• Poskitt P.K.F.
• Sbarra A.J.
,
• Bakkenist A.R.J.
• De Boer J.E.G.
• Plat H.
• Wever R.
,
• Andrews P.C.
• Krinsky N.I.
). The reaction of H2O2 with MPO to form compound I is pH-dependent. A group on the enzyme with a pK of 4.0 to 4.3, presumed to be the distal histidine, must be deprotonated for H2O2 binding to occur; whereas conversely, halide binding is favored at low pH when this group is protonated (
• Bolscher B.G.J.M.
• Wever R.
,
• Ikeda-Saito M.
). Spectral changes accompany the binding of halides to MPO. Fluoride, chloride, bromide, and iodide induce red-shifts of the Soret maximum from 428 nm to 435, 434, 432, and 423 nm, respectively, and measurements of these spectral changes have been used to determine the pH dependence of halide binding to the enzyme (
• Stelmaszynska T.
• Zgliczynski J.M.
,
• Bolscher B.G.J.M.
• Wever R.
). However, these studies have arrived at differing conclusions concerning the number of halide-binding sites on the enzyme and whether there are separate sites for halide binding as a substrate and as an inhibitor.
In this paper we present additional detailed information on the active site region of MPO as revealed by a structure determination of the human enzyme to 1.8 Å resolution, using x-ray diffraction data recorded at −180 °C. In addition, structure determination of an MPO-bromide complex has revealed a number of halide-binding sites, and their possible relevance to the catalytic mechanism of the enzyme is discussed.

## EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURES

#### Crystallization

Crystals of human MPO isoform C were grown by a method similar to those reported previously (
• Sutton B.J.
• Little C.
• Olsen R.L.
• Willassen N.P.
,
• Davey C.A.
• Fenna R.E.
). Hanging droplets containing 20 mg/ml MPO, 50 mm sodium acetate (pH 5.5), 50 mm ammonium sulfate, 2 mm calcium chloride, and 6% (w/v) PEG 8k were equilibrated with reservoirs containing the same concentrations of the above salts but with 22 to 25% w/v PEG 8k at 65 °F. Crystals were transferred to protein-free substitute mother liquor containing the above salts and 16% w/v PEG 8k for crystallographic experiments. For low temperature data collection, 20% (w/v) 2-methyl 2,4-pentanediol was included as cryoprotectant.

#### Data Collection and Processing

X-ray diffraction data were recorded using a 30-cm MAR image plate detector (MAR Research, Hamburg, Germany) mounted on a Rigaku RU300 x-ray generator equipped with long focusing mirrors (Area Detector Systems Corp., Poway, CA). A native low temperature (−180 °C) diffraction data set to 1.8 Å resolution was recorded from a single crystal, flash-frozen in a stream of cold nitrogen from a crystal cooling device (Area Detector Systems Corp.). The crystal to detector distance was set at 115 mm, and 231 frames of data were recorded at 1° rotation intervals. Image processing and data scaling were performed with DENZO and SCALEPACK (
• Otwinowski Z.
). The crystals belong to space group P21 with a single dimeric molecule of MPO as the asymmetric unit. Unit cell parameters from the frozen crystal were: a = 110.0 Å, b = 63.4 Å, c = 92.2 Å, β = 97.4°, compared with values of a = 111.7 Å, b = 64.6 Å,c = 94.2 Å, β = 97.9° at room temperature (
• Fenna R.
• Zeng J.
• Davey C.
), indicating significant shrinkage of the unit cell at cryogenic temperature. Data collection and scaling statistics are given in TableI.
Table IData collection and refinement statistics
Native MPOMPO-bromide
TotalOuter shellTotalOuter shell
Resolution (Å)50.0–1.751.81–1.7550.0–1.751.81–1.75
No. of measurements525,526340,410
Unique reflections128,125117,117
I12.65.914.86.2
% completion99.899.492.083.6
R-merge0.0530.2200.0600.194
Refinement res. (Å)30.0–1.81.86–1.8030.0–1.81.86–1.80
R-factor0.1970.2660.2390.293
R free0.2390.2920.2940.312

#### Structure Determination and Refinement

The starting model for refinement was the 2.3 Å resolution structure of human MPO represented in the Rutgers University Protein Data Bank under access code 1MHL (
• Fenna R.
• Zeng J.
• Davey C.
). This model consists of 9424 nonhydrogen protein atoms and 423 water molecules. The crystallographic R-factor was 15.0% for 55,500 reflections (93% completion) in the resolution range 6.0 to 2.28 Å, with root mean square deviations from ideality for bond lengths and angles of 0.013 Å and 3.01o. Refinement using the 1.8 Å resolution low temperature data set was carried out using X-PLOR version 3.8 (
• Brunger A.T.
) and stereochemical parameters derived from Engh and Huber (
• Engh R.A.
• Huber R.
). Cycles of simulated annealing, conjugate-gradient energy minimization, and isotropic temperature factor refinement were performed between stages of model rebuilding using 2F oF c andF oF c maps in conjunction with the molecular modeling program TURBO (Bio-Graphics Inc., Marseille, France). The highest resolution of x-ray data included in the refinement was increased stepwise from 2.25 Å to 2.0, 1.85, and 1.8 Å. A subset comprising 5% of the reflections was not used in refinement to allow for calculation of a free R-factor (
• Brunger A.T.
). Additional water molecules were included in the model when observed as spherical peaks at a level of at least 4 ς in Fo-Fc difference maps, provided that suitable hydrogen bonding partners were already present in the model. Water molecules that failed to reappear at 2 ς in 2F oF c maps following a round of refinement were removed from the model. Because of an ambiguity in the hydrogen bonding pattern for water molecules in the distal heme cavity in the 2.3 Å resolution structure of human MPO, all water molecules in the distal cavity were specifically excluded from the model until the late stages of refinement when their positions could be clearly determined from F oF c difference maps. Also, toward the end of refinement, solute ions, including acetate and sulfate were added to the model where indicated by additional difference map density and the presence of suitable protein ligands. Noncrystallographic symmetry restraints were not used during refinement, but a bulk solvent model was included in the final stages and resulted in considerable improvement in the R-factor for data in the lowest resolution shell. The quality of the model was assessed using the program PROCHECK (
• MacArthur M.W.
• Moss D.S.
• Thornton J.M.
). Coordinates for the final model have been deposited with the Rutgers University Protein Data Bank, access code1CXP.

#### Bromide-substituted Crystals

A crystal of human MPO was transferred to substitute mother liquor consisting of 16% PEG 8k, 50 mm sodium acetate (pH 5.5), 50 mm ammonium sulfate, 2 mm calcium acetate, and 20 mm sodium bromide. Following equilibration for 48 h. the crystal was washed briefly in the same mother liquor with 20% (v/v) 2-methyl 2,4-pentanediol added as cryoprotectant before flash freezing in a stream of nitrogen at −180 °C. X-ray diffraction data were recorded as described for the native enzyme and scaling statistics are given in Table I. The positions of bound bromide ions were determined from a difference Fourier map using F o (MPO·bromide)F c (MPO) as coefficients. Subsequently, bromide ions were included in the model, and refinement of the structure was carried out using X-PLOR version 3.8 as described above. Coordinates for the refined model of the MPO-bromide complex have been deposited with the Rutgers University Protein Data Bank under access code 1D2V.

## RESULTS

#### Quality of the Refined Native MPO Model

The final model consists of 10,307 nonhydrogen atoms, including 1140 amino acids, 2 hemes, 16 sugars, 2 calcium ions, 2 chloride ions, 4 sulfates, 6 acetates, and 838 water molecules. The crystallographicR-factor for reflections in the 30 to 1.8 Å range is 19.7%, and the corresponding free R-factor is 23.9%. The root mean square deviations from ideality for bond lengths and angles are 0.013 Å and 1.23°. A Ramachandran plot for the whole molecule shows 88.8% of residues in the most favored regions and 11% in additionally allowed regions. Ser42 in both halves of the molecule has ϕ,ψ angles in the generously allowed region, and no residues fall in disallowed regions. Although the ϕ,ψ angles for Ser42 lie outside of the additionally allowed region, the orientation of this residue appears to be influenced by hydrogen bonding between the NH and CO groups of both of its adjacent peptide bonds with amino acid side chains. There are threecis-prolines at positions 124, 355, and 558 and acis-peptide bond between Asn549 and Asn550 in each half of the molecule. Stereochemical parameters for both the main chain and side chains were determined to be within, or better than, the ranges given for other protein structures determined at comparable resolution according to the program PROCHECK (
• MacArthur M.W.
• Moss D.S.
• Thornton J.M.
).
Because the two halves of the MPO molecule (designated A and B) have different environments in the crystal, there are some differences in the conformations of equivalent side chains on the surface of the molecule. In general, the A half of the molecule is involved in more extensive intermolecular contacts in the crystal, and for this reason is a little better ordered than the B half. This is reflected in the lower average B-factor for protein atoms in the A half (11.1 Å3) compared with the B half (13.1 Å3). The amino acid numbering system used here is based on designating the first Cys in the small polypeptide as residue 1 (
• Zeng J.
• Fenna R.E.
). In the sequence of human MPO, deduced from the cDNA, there are 2 residues (Val and Thr) prior to Cys1 (
• Johnson K.R.
• Nauseef W.M.
• Care A.
• Weelock M.J.
• Shane S.
• Hudson S.
• Koeffler H.P.
• Selsted M.
• Miller C.
• Rovera G.
,
• Morishita K.
• Kubota N.
• Asano S.
• Kaziro Y.
• Nagata S.
), but these are not evident in the electron density map.
The backbone density is very well defined for all four polypeptide chains, except for two surface loops involving residues 217–218 and 354–356 in both halves of the molecule. The amino terminus of the small polypeptide (residues 2–6) is poorly ordered in the A half but well ordered in the B half where the side chains of Glu3and Gln4 are involved in hydrogen bonding with residues in a symmetry-related molecule. Conversely, the carboxyl terminus of the large polypeptide (residues 576–578) is poorly ordered in the B half but well defined in the A half where the terminal carboxyl group is hydrogen bonded to the amide nitrogen of Gln75 in a neighboring molecule. A number of side chains on the surface of the molecule (15 in the A half and 23 in the B) exhibit some degree of disorder, although in many cases this is limited to truncated density for the termini of the longer side chains of arginine and lysine.

#### Structural Features of MPO

The overall polypeptide fold for human MPO (Fig. 1) is the same as reported previously for the dog enzyme (
• Zeng J.
• Fenna R.E.
) and described briefly in the introduction. However, the higher resolution of the current electron density map has allowed more detailed characterization of a number of structural features. The calcium-binding site has typical pentagonal bipyramidal coordination. The Oγ of Ser174 and the peptide carbonyl oxygen of Phe170 provide the axial ligands, whereas the other five ligands (Asp96 carboxyl oxygen and peptide carbonyl oxygen, Thr168 hydroxyl and peptide carbonyl oxygens, and Asp172 carboxyl oxygen) are arranged approximately co-planar. Five of these ligands arise from residues within the 168–174 loop of the large polypeptide, whereas the other two involve Asp96, which is adjacent to the distal His95 in the small polypeptide. The orientations of all of the sugars comprising the Asn317 glycosylation site have been determined. The carbohydrate chain consists of the standard (GlcNac)2-(Man)3 structure with a fucose 1–6 linked to the first GlcNac. Interactions between these sugar chains in the two halves of the molecule make up much of the dimer interface in MPO. Details of the carbohydrate conformation and its interactions with the protein will be presented elsewhere.

#### Heme Structure and Interactions with the Protein

The heme group is a derivative of protoporphyrin IX in which the methyl groups on pyrrole rings A and C have been modified to allow formation of ester linkages with the carboxyl groups of Glu242 and Asp94, respectively. In addition the β-carbon of the vinyl group on pyrrole ring A forms a covalent bond with the sulfur atom of Met243, giving rise to a sulfonium ion linkage (Fig. 2). The resulting positive charge on the sulfur atom does not appear to be involved in any additional electrostatic interactions with the protein. The heme porphyrin ring is considerably distorted from planarity. Although pyrrole rings B and D are nearly co-planar, ring A and, to a lesser degree, ring C are tilted toward the distal side, resulting in a bow-shaped structure for the heme. Because of these distortions to the porphyrin ring, it is impractical to define the position of the central iron atom with respect to a “heme plane” as is commonly reported for heme-containing proteins. However, the iron is positioned slightly to the proximal side, 0.2 Å below a line connecting the nitrogen atoms of pyrrole rings B and D. The Nε of His336provides the proximal ligand to the iron, with an iron to nitrogen distance of 2.19 Å, whereas the Nδ of this residue is hydrogen bonded to the amide carbonyl oxygen of Asn421.
The carboxyl groups of both of the heme propionates also make electrostatic interactions with the protein. The ring D propionate interacts with the guanidinium groups of both Arg333 and Arg424, and also forms a hydrogen bond with a water molecule. The ring C propionate interacts with both Asp98and Thr100. One of the propionate oxygens forms hydrogen bonds with the Thr100 peptide NH and additionally with a water molecule, whereas the other hydrogen bonds with the carboxyl group of Asp98. Distances for these interactions and the heme-protein covalent bonds are given in TableII.
Table IIHeme-protein interactions
Heme groupResidueBond typeDistance
AB
A methyl CGlu242Oɛcovalent1.551.55
A vinyl CβMet243 Scovalent1.631.62
C methyl CAsp94 Oδcovalent1.541.55
C propionate O1Thr100 OγH-bond2.912.92
C propionate O1Asp98OδH-bond2.682.67
C propionate O2Thr100 NHH-bond2.812.76
C propionate O2Wat846 OHH-bond2.582.81
D propionate O1Arg424 NH2H-bond2.942.94
D propionate O1Wat798 OHH-bond2.632.70
D propionate O2Arg333 NH1H-bond2.842.73
D propionate O2Arg424NɛH-bond2.862.85
Fe3+His336Nɛligand2.192.19
Fe3+Wat1OHligand2.903.00

#### Distal Heme Cavity

Access to the distal cavity occurs via a narrow oval-shaped opening with a predominantly hydrophobic surface above pyrrole ring D. The pyrrole ring forms the base of the opening, whereas the upper surface consists of the β, γ, and δ carbons of Arg239 and phenylalanines 99, 366, and 407 make contributions to the lateral surfaces of the opening. A funnel-shaped channel filled with water molecules leads from this narrow opening to the surface of the protein. The distal heme cavity is occupied by the side chains of Gln91, His95, and Arg239, together with five water molecules (W1–W5). Each of these three side chains is hydrogen bonded to a different water molecule, whereas a fourth water molecule is hydrogen bonded to the heme pyrrole ring C propionate. Additional hydrogen bonding occurs between these water molecules as indicated in Fig.3. A fifth water molecule (W5) is hydrogen bonded to W2 and possibly also weakly to W3. The distal His95 is hydrogen bonded to W1, which is positioned approximately mid-way between its Nε and the heme iron. Its distance from both the histidine nitrogen and the iron (2.9 Å) suggests that it is hydrogen bonded to the histidine and is not strongly coordinated to the heme iron. The amide nitrogen of Gln91, at the back of the distal cavity, is hydrogen bonded to W2 as well as to the carbonyl oxygen of the ester bond between Glu242 and the heme pyrrole ring A methyl carbon. The amide oxygen of Gln91 is in turn hydrogen bonded to the amide nitrogen of Gln88. The guanidinium group of Arg239 is hydrogen bonded to W3 but additionally forms a salt bridge with the carboxyl group of Asp237 as well as a hydrogen bond with the peptide carbonyl oxygen of Asp98.
As shown in Fig. 4, a chain of hydrogen bonds involving 5 buried water molecules and the side chain of His250 extends from the distal histidine to the surface of the molecule, at a point remote from the solvent channel leading to the distal cavity. The Nδ of the distal His95 is hydrogen bonded to a buried water molecule, which is separated from the distal cavity water molecules by the imidazole ring. This water is also hydrogen bonded to Nε of His250, thereby forming a bridge between the two histidines. The Nδ of His250 is hydrogen bonded to a second water molecule, which is the first in a chain of four buried water molecules, linked by hydrogen bonds, and leading to the surface of the protein. Each of the five buried water molecules is additionally hydrogen bonded to an oxygen acceptor. The first is a carboxyl oxygen of Asp237, whereas the other four are all peptide carbonyl oxygens.

#### Characterization of a Halide-binding Site

Toward the end of refinement, the most significant feature seen inF oF c residual maps was additional positive density (11 ς) at a modeled water molecule hydrogen bonded to the peptide NH groups of Trp32 and Val237 in both halves of the molecule. Because Val237 is close to the amino terminus of an α-helix (residues 326–338), a bound anion in this location could interact with the partial positive charge associated with the helix dipole. Of the anions present in the mother liquor of crystallization (50 mm acetate, 50 mm sulfate, 2 mmchloride) chloride best modeled the observed compact spherical density. When chloride was included in the model at full occupancy and a round of X-PLOR refinement was carried out, residual maps showed no significant positive or negative density at this putative chloride site.
The chloride-binding site (Fig. 5) is composed of residues 324–327 at the amino terminus of the helix containing the proximal His336, residues 30–33 of the small polypeptide, and Trp436. These two stretches of polypeptide are in a parallel orientation and held together by two backbone hydrogen bonds. The chloride has three ligands: Trp32 NH, Val327 NH, and water in an almost planar trigonal arrangement. The water molecule is additionally hydrogen bonded to the peptide carbonyl oxygen of Leu33 and the guanidinium group NH of Arg 31. There are two tryptophans in the immediate vicinity of the chloride ion. Trp436 makes the closest approach with its indole ring CH2 at a distance of 3.6 Å from the ion, whereas Trp32 is directed away from the ion with its Cγ 4.8 Å from the chloride.

#### Structure of an MPO-bromide Complex

To further characterize the binding properties of this site, an experiment was carried out to determine whether a second halide, bromide, could replace the putative chloride. As described above, x-ray diffraction data were recorded from a crystal soaked in 20 mm bromide at pH 5.5. A difference Fourier map, calculated usingF o (MPO·bromide)F c (MPO) coefficients revealed four separate bromide ions bound to each half of the molecule. The largest features of the map at 19.1 and 20.3 ς in the two halves of the molecule occur at the putative chloride-binding site (Fig. 5). Refinement indicated full occupancy by bromide at this site and residual maps showed no positive or negative features greater than 3 ς in this region. Superposition of the refined MPO-bromide model on that of the native revealed no significant protein conformational changes.
Two additional bromide ions were located at surface sites in each half of the molecule. Difference map peaks at 9.3 ς (A half) and 8.1 ς (B half) occur at water molecule 758, and peaks at 6.2 ς (A half) and 7.6 ς (B half) occur at water molecule 889. When these water molecules were replaced by bromide in the model, their occupancies refined to 0.60 and 0.54, respectively. Both of these ions are located well away from the heme group at distances of 29 and 26 Å from the heme iron. At the 889 position, the peptide NH groups of Gln201 and Phe213 together with a water molecule coordinate the bromide ion, whereas at 758, the peptide NH group of Thr544 and the guanidinium group of Arg382 are involved in bromide ligation.
Although there is no indication of bromide binding to the heme iron, difference map peaks of 5.2 ς (A half) and 5.9 ς (B half) occur in the distal heme cavity at the position of water molecule W2, which is hydrogen bonded to the amide nitrogen of Gln91 (Fig. 3). Bromide ions included in the model at this position refined to an occupancy of 0.44 in each half of the molecule. Superposition of the refined MPO-bromide and native models indicated small shifts of the side chains of the distal His95 and the heme ester linked Glu242 upon bromide binding. The side chain of Glu242, which is only 3.5 Å away from W2 in the native enzyme, moves about 0.3 Å away from the bromide, and the His95 Nε also moves about 0.2 Å away from the bound ion. Such movements are on the order of the expected level of error in the coordinates (0.2 Å, as determined from a Luzatti plot) and may not be significant. More significant movements of water molecules W1 and W5 by 0.35 and 0.45 Å away from the bromide were also seen.
The distal cavity bromide is located 0.3 Å from the position occupied by W2 in the native enzyme. Possible electrostatic interactions occur between the bromide and water molecules W1 and W5; the Nεof His95 and the amide nitrogen of Gln91 (TableIII). The closest heme atom to the bromide is the methylene bridge carbon between pyrrole rings A and D, at a distance of 3.8 Å, and the heme iron is at a distance of 5.0 Å. There does not appear to be any significant interaction between the bromide and the guanidinium group of the distal Arg239. The Cδ of this residue makes the closest approach to the bromide at a distance of 3.95 Å and as indicated above, Arg239 is already involved in an ion pair interaction with Asp237.
Table IIIHalide interactions
FromToDistance
AB
Native structure: proximal helix chloride
Val327NHCl3.233.25
Trp32 NHCl3.223.21
Wat652 OHCl3.073.17
Bromide complex: proximal helix bromide
Val327NHBr3.363.50
Trp32NHBr3.293.28
Wat652OHBr3.323.30
Bromide complex: distal cavity bromide
His95NɛBr3.553.50
Gln91NɛBr3.563.35
W1 OHBr3.123.20
W5 OHBr2.732.91
Heme Fe3+Br5.044.99
Heme CHABr3.803.77

## DISCUSSION

The mode of heme binding revealed by our studies may be unique to MPO. Although other members of this gene family all contain the conserved Asp94 and Glu242, they lack methionine at position 243 (
• Zeng J.
• Fenna R.E.
). It is therefore likely that other mammalian peroxidases such as eosinophil peroxidase, LPO, and thyroid peroxidase also have heme-protein ester linkages analogous to those of MPO, but that the sulfonium ion linkage is a feature unique to MPO. It has been proposed by Kooter et al. (
• Kooter I.M.
• Pierik A.J.
• Merkx M.
• Averill B.A.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Bollen A.
• Wever R.
,
• Kooter I.M.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Bollen A.
• van der Veen L.A.
• Otto C.
• Dekker H.L.
• Wever R.
) that the sulfonium ion linkage should involve a bond between the Met sulfur atom and the α-carbon of the vinyl group, by analogy with the chemistry involved in the formation of thioether groups in cytochromec. However, such a linkage is inconsistent with the high resolution crystal structure, which clearly shows (Fig. 2) that the link involves the vinyl β-carbon. Recently, it has been found that the formation of two ester bonds between the heme and polypeptide chain of LPO is a hydrogen peroxide-dependent autocatalytic process involving conversion of unmodified protoporphyrin IX to hydroxymethyl and di-hydroxymethyl intermediates presumably capable of ester bond formation with residues analogous to Asp94 and Glu242 of MPO (
• De Pillis G.D.
• Ozaki S.I.
• Kuo J.M.
• Maltby D.A.
• Ortiz de Montellano P.R.
). Difference Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic studies have confirmed the presence of two heme ester linkages in both LPO and MPO and have also indicated their presence in eosinophil peroxidase (
• Kooter I.M.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Bollen A.
• Sijtsems N.M.
• Otto C.
• Wever R.
).
The Soret bands of the visible absorption spectra of mammalian peroxidases are characteristically red-shifted with respect to those seen in other heme proteins, and these spectral shifts have generally been ascribed to the influence of the protein environment on the spectral properties of the heme (
• Wever R.
• Plat H.
). In this regard it is noteworthy that a Met243 → Gln mutant of recombinant human MPO exhibits a Soret band at 410–412 nm, considerably blue-shifted from the 428-nm band of the native enzyme in its oxidized form (
• Kooter I.M.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Bollen A.
• van der Veen L.A.
• Otto C.
• Dekker H.L.
• Wever R.
,
• Kooter I.M.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Bollen A.
• Sijtsems N.M.
• Otto C.
• Wever R.
,
• Jacquet A.
• Garcia-Quintana L.
• Deleersnyder V.
• Fenna R.
• Bollen A.
• Moguilevsky N.
). Similarly, a Glu242 → Gln mutant of MPO, presumably lacking one of the heme ester bonds, exhibits a blue-shifted Soret band at 416–418 nm, and an Asp94 → Asn mutant, presumed to lack the other ester bond, also has a blue-shifted Soret band at 414 nm (
• Jacquet A.
• Garcia-Quintana L.
• Deleersnyder V.
• Fenna R.
• Bollen A.
• Moguilevsky N.
,
• Floris R.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Puppels G.
• Jacquet A.
• Renire R.
• Bollen A.
• Wever R.
). These studies of mutants strongly suggest that the covalent linkages to the heme in MPO contribute to the observed red shifts of the Soret band in the visible absorption spectrum. There is evidence to suggest that the covalent linkages to the heme are important in maintaining the catalytic activities of mammalian peroxidases. The catalytic activity of recombinant LPO was shown to be dependent on the proportion of covalently bound heme in the enzyme, while mutants of MPO, in which residues involved in covalent heme attachment have been replaced, also exhibit catalytic properties markedly different from those of the native enzyme (
• De Pillis G.D.
• Ozaki S.I.
• Kuo J.M.
• Maltby D.A.
• Ortiz de Montellano P.R.
). Neither the Met243 → Gln nor the Glu242 → Gln mutant MPO was capable of catalyzing the peroxidation of chloride ion, and both mutants had reduced catalytic activities when substrates for the single electron oxidation reaction were used (
• Kooter I.M.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Bollen A.
• van der Veen L.A.
• Otto C.
• Dekker H.L.
• Wever R.
,
• Kooter I.M.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Bollen A.
• Sijtsems N.M.
• Otto C.
• Wever R.
,
• Floris R.
• Moguilevsky N.
• Puppels G.
• Jacquet A.
• Renire R.
• Bollen A.
• Wever R.
).
In both cytochrome c peroxidase and lignin peroxidase the Nδ of the distal histidine is hydrogen bonded to the amide carbonyl of Asn, and it has been proposed that this arrangement favors the imidazole tautomer in which the Nε is free to accept a proton from the peroxide substrate (

Poulos, T. L., and Fenna, R. E. (1994) Metal Ions in Biological Systems (Sigel, H., and Sigel, A., eds) Vol. 30, Chapter 2, pp. 26–75, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York

). In MPO the Nδ of His95 is hydrogen bonded to a buried water molecule, which is linked by His250 to a succession of four additional buried water molecules forming a chain of hydrogen bonds leading to the surface of the molecule. Such a chain could presumably also function to conduct protons away from the distal histidine and thereby ensure that the Nε is free to accept a proton from peroxide.
Assignment of a bound chloride ion to account for the high electron density at the amino terminus of the proximal helix in the native enzyme is strongly supported by results showing that this site can also be occupied by bromide. However, we propose that the reported spectral changes that accompany halide binding to MPO result from halide binding to the site that we observe in the distal cavity. A number of factors support this hypothesis. First, the close proximity of this site to the heme is consistent with the potential for a bound anion to influence the electron distribution in the porphyrin ring, thereby inducing spectral changes. Second, the halide location, 3.5 to 3.6 Å from the distal His Nε, is consistent with data indicating that halide binding is strongly influenced by the ionization state of a group on the enzyme with a pK of 4 to 4.5, which has been suggested to be the distal histidine (
• Bolscher B.G.J.M.
• Wever R.
,
• Ikeda-Saito M.
). At low pH, halide binding would be favored by charge-charge interaction between the protonated histidine and the halide anion. Third, the occupancy of halide binding in the distal cavity is consistent with the reported K dvalues for both chloride and bromide binding to MPO (
• Bakkenist A.R.J.
• De Boer J.E.G.
• Plat H.
• Wever R.
). At pH 5.5, the K d for chloride is on the order of 5 mm, whereas for bromide it is 20 mm. We have found that crystals of MPO soaked in 20 mm bromide at pH 5.5 contain bromide ion at 44% apparent occupancy at this site (note that the real occupancy must be less, because molecules that do not contain bromide presumably have water in this location). However, in the native enzyme structure, for which the mother liquor chloride concentration of 2 mm at pH 5.5 is less than half the reported K d of 5 mm, chloride ion was not detected in the distal cavity. By the same reasoning, our data indicating that the proximal helix-binding site is fully occupied by both chloride in the native structure and by bromide in the complex, at the halide concentrations used, are inconsistent with its assignment as the site responsible for halide-induced spectral changes.
We propose that in resting MPO the distal cavity bromide-binding site corresponds to the site for inhibition of MPO by halides. Halide inhibition is competitive with respect to H2O2(
• Stelmaszynska T.
• Zgliczynski J.M.
,
• Zgliczynski J.M.
• Selvaraj R.J.
• Paul B.B.
• Stelmaszynska T.
• Poskitt P.K.F.
• Sbarra A.J.
,
• Bakkenist A.R.J.
• De Boer J.E.G.
• Plat H.
• Wever R.
,
• Andrews P.C.
• Krinsky N.I.
), and the distal cavity bromide-binding site is only 3.5–3.6 Å from the Nε of the distal histidine; sufficiently close to interfere with or even be mutually exclusive with H2O2 binding. Evidence from salicylhydroxamic acid binding to MPO (
• Davey C.A.
• Fenna R.E.
) has suggested that the first step in compound I formation involves the formation of a hydrogen bond between H2O2 and the unprotonated Nε of the distal histidine, prior to transfer of a proton to the histidine. The presence of a halide ion, in place of water molecule W2 in the distal cavity could interfere with the ability of the distal histidine to form a hydrogen bond with and/or accept a proton from H2O2.
Although several studies have concluded that there are separate sites on MPO for halide binding as substrate and as inhibitor (
• Harrison J.E.
• Schultz J.
,
• Wever R.
• Kast W.M.
• Kasinoedin J.H.
• Boelens R.
,
• Bakkenist A.R.J.
• De Boer J.E.G.
• Plat H.
• Wever R.
,
• Andrews P.C.
• Krinsky N.I.
), others have concluded that there is only a single site (
• Stelmaszynska T.
• Zgliczynski J.M.
,
• Bolscher B.G.J.M.
• Wever R.
). Because of their remote locations from the heme, the two surface bromide-binding sites are unlikely to be involved in either inhibitor or substrate binding. Consideration can, however, be given to both the proximal helix site and the distal cavity site. A mechanism involving peroxidation at the proximal helix halide-binding site could involve a tryptophan free radical analogous to the Trp191 free radical associated with compound I of cytochrome cperoxidase, which is also located on the proximal side of the heme (
• Erman J.E.
• Vitello L.B.
• Mauro J.M.
• Kraut J.
,
• Yonetani T.
• Schleyer H.
• Ehrenberg A.
). Although the MPO proximal helix halide-binding site includes two adjacent Trp residues, there have been no reports of signals indicative of amino acid free radicals in the EPR spectrum of MPO compound I. A fundamental difference between a catalytic mechanism involving halide substrate binding in the distal heme cavity as opposed to a remote site is the origin of the oxygen atom in the hypohalous acid product of the reaction. In the distal cavity, the ferryl oxygen of compound I, derived from H2O2 is the presumed source, whereas at a remote site a water molecule would be the most likely source. To our knowledge, the origin of this oxygen atom in the HOCl product of MPO catalyzed chloride peroxidation has not been established. At this time, a functional role for this site in the catalytic mechanism of MPO cannot be completely discounted, although a structural role such as stabilization of the proximal helix through charge-charge interaction with the positive helix dipole appears more likely.
Catalysis of halide peroxidation by MPO does not necessitate a halide substrate-binding site on the resting enzyme, because it is only necessary for halides to interact with compound I for peroxidation to occur. In this regard, it has previously been suggested that the cyanide complex of MPO may be a useful model for compound I, and one study has concluded that halide ions bind close to the heme in cyanide inhibited MPO (
• Lee H.C.
• Booth K.S.
• Caughey W.S.
• Ikeda-Saito M.
). In compound I of MPO the distal cavity bromide-binding site should still be accessible to halides and could therefore also be the site at which halides bind as substrates. Model building, based on a ferryl oxygen to iron distance of 1.7 Å, indicates that a halide ion bound at this site would be about 3.6 Å from the heme ferryl oxygen and 3.8 Å from the heme methylene bridge carbon between pyrrole rings A and D, thereby readily facilitating electron transfer to the heme and incorporation of the ferryl oxygen into the hypohalous acid product of the reaction. In such a mechanism the distal histidine would play a dual role in catalysis; first in accepting a proton from hydrogen peroxide prior to scission of the O–O bond and second in suitably positioning the halide substrate for electron transfer to the heme of compound I and subsequent reaction with the ferryl oxygen.

## Acknowledgments

We thank Lan Wang for assistance with the purification of human MPO.

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