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Two novel methylesterases from Olea europaea contribute to the catabolism of oleoside-type secoiridoid esters.

Volk, Jascha and Sarafeddinov, Alla and Unver, Turgay and Marx, Stefan and Tretzel, Joachim and Zotzel, Jens and Warzecha, Heribert (2019):
Two novel methylesterases from Olea europaea contribute to the catabolism of oleoside-type secoiridoid esters.
250, In: Planta, (6), pp. 2083-2097, ISSN 1432-2048, DOI: 10.1007/s00425-019-03286-0,
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Abstract

MAIN CONCLUSION

Two newly identified phytohormone cleaving esterases from Olea europaea are responsible for the glucosidase-initiated activation of the specialized metabolites ligstroside and oleuropein. Biosynthetic routes leading to the formation of plant natural products are tightly orchestrated enzymatic sequences usually involving numerous specialized catalysts. After their accumulation in plant cells and tissues, otherwise non-reactive compounds can be enzymatically activated, e.g., in response to environmental threats, like pathogen attack. In olive (Olea europaea), secoiridoid-derived phenolics, such as oleuropein or ligstroside, can be converted by glucosidases and as yet unidentified esterases to oleoside aldehydes. These are not only involved in pathogen defense, but also bear considerable promise as pharmaceuticals or neutraceuticals. Making use of the available olive genomic data, we have identified four novel methylesterases that showed significant homology to the polyneuridine aldehyde esterase (PNAE) from Rauvolfia serpentina, an enzyme acting on a distantly related metabolite group (monoterpenoid indole alkaloids, MIAs) also featuring a secoiridoid structural component. The four olive enzymes belong to the α/ß-hydrolase fold family and showed variable in vitro activity against methyl esters of selected plant hormones, namely jasmonic acid (MeJA), indole acetic acid (MeIAA), as well as salicylic acid (MeSA). None of the identified catalysts were directly active against the olive metabolites oleuropein, ligstroside, or oleoside 11-methyl ester. When employed in a sequential reaction with an appropriate glucosidase, however, two were capable of hydrolyzing these specialized compounds yielding reactive dialdehydes. This suggests that the esterases play a pivotal role in the activation of the olive secoiridoid polyphenols. Finally, we show that several of the investigated methylesterases exhibit a concomitant in vitro transesterification capacity-a novel feature, yielding ethyl esters of jasmonic acid (JA) or indole-3-acetic acid (IAA).

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2019
Creators: Volk, Jascha and Sarafeddinov, Alla and Unver, Turgay and Marx, Stefan and Tretzel, Joachim and Zotzel, Jens and Warzecha, Heribert
Title: Two novel methylesterases from Olea europaea contribute to the catabolism of oleoside-type secoiridoid esters.
Language: English
Abstract:

MAIN CONCLUSION

Two newly identified phytohormone cleaving esterases from Olea europaea are responsible for the glucosidase-initiated activation of the specialized metabolites ligstroside and oleuropein. Biosynthetic routes leading to the formation of plant natural products are tightly orchestrated enzymatic sequences usually involving numerous specialized catalysts. After their accumulation in plant cells and tissues, otherwise non-reactive compounds can be enzymatically activated, e.g., in response to environmental threats, like pathogen attack. In olive (Olea europaea), secoiridoid-derived phenolics, such as oleuropein or ligstroside, can be converted by glucosidases and as yet unidentified esterases to oleoside aldehydes. These are not only involved in pathogen defense, but also bear considerable promise as pharmaceuticals or neutraceuticals. Making use of the available olive genomic data, we have identified four novel methylesterases that showed significant homology to the polyneuridine aldehyde esterase (PNAE) from Rauvolfia serpentina, an enzyme acting on a distantly related metabolite group (monoterpenoid indole alkaloids, MIAs) also featuring a secoiridoid structural component. The four olive enzymes belong to the α/ß-hydrolase fold family and showed variable in vitro activity against methyl esters of selected plant hormones, namely jasmonic acid (MeJA), indole acetic acid (MeIAA), as well as salicylic acid (MeSA). None of the identified catalysts were directly active against the olive metabolites oleuropein, ligstroside, or oleoside 11-methyl ester. When employed in a sequential reaction with an appropriate glucosidase, however, two were capable of hydrolyzing these specialized compounds yielding reactive dialdehydes. This suggests that the esterases play a pivotal role in the activation of the olive secoiridoid polyphenols. Finally, we show that several of the investigated methylesterases exhibit a concomitant in vitro transesterification capacity-a novel feature, yielding ethyl esters of jasmonic acid (JA) or indole-3-acetic acid (IAA).

Journal or Publication Title: Planta
Volume: 250
Number: 6
Divisions: 10 Department of Biology
10 Department of Biology > Plant Biotechnology and Metabolic Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 10:49
DOI: 10.1007/s00425-019-03286-0
Identification Number: pmid:31578603
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