In an effort to probe the structure and mechanism of metallo-b-lactamases, the metal-binding behaviors of several enzymes were studied using EXAFS (Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure). Three members of the metallo-b-lactamase subclass B1, BcII from Bacillus cereus, Bla2 from Bacillus anthracis and CcrA from Bacillus fragilis, were compared to examine metal-binding behavior within a subclass. Each system exhibits different metal-binding behavior including cooperative binding (BcII), sequential binding (CcrA), and differential binding between zinc(II) and cobalt(II) forms (Bla2). The metal-binding behavior of subclass B3 of L1 from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia was explored with RFQ (rapid-freeze quenched) EXAFS and site selective metal substitution. RFQ EXAFS show the metal coordination at 10 ms in the reaction in the native enzyme including a zinc-zinc distance (3.72\xc5) greater than is present in either the resting or product-bound states. Metal substitution incorporates cobalt(II) into the Zn2(DHH) of the enzyme and showed the metal-binding at each metal site.
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Breece, Robert. "Structural characterization of metal binding in metallo-b-lactamases using x-ray absorption spectroscopy." (2011). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/chem_etds/16