Area of Interest

The research in this laboratory focuses on the catalytic mechanisms of enzymes from a kinetic, chemical and structural perspective. Currently, the laboratory is focusing on two enzymes both of which have medical relevance. One enzyme is acetyl CoA carboxylase, which catalyzes the committed and regulated step in fatty acid synthesis in all animals, plants and bacteria. This enzyme is a target for antibiotics and anti-obesity agents. Acetyl CoA carboxylase is a multifunctional biotin-dependent enzyme and consists of three components: (1) biotin carboxylase, (2) biotin carboxyl carrier protein, which contains the biotin cofactor and (3) carboxyltransferase. The other enzyme under investigation is GDP-mannose 4,6 dehydratase, which catalyzes the first committed step in the biosynthesis of fucose. This enzyme is a target for anti-inflammatory drugs and anti-metastatic agents. To study the catalytic mechanism of these enzymes we use a variety of mechanistic techniques including steady-state and rapid reaction kinetics, inhibitor design, isotope effects and site-directed mutagenesis. Structural analyses are carried out by x-ray crystallography.


Selected Publications

The Crystal Structure of Carboxyltransferase from Staphylococcus aureus Bound to the Antibacterial Agent Moiramide B. Silvers, M.A., Pakhomova, S., Neau, D.B., Silvers, W.C., Anzalone, N., Taylor, C.M. and Waldrop G.L. (2016). Biochemistry, 55, 4666-4674.

Structural Analysis of Substrate, Reaction Intermediate and Product Binding in Haemophilus influenzae Biotin Carboxylase. Broussard, T.C., Pakhomova, S., Neau, D.B., Bonnot, R., and Waldrop, G.L. (2015). Biochemistry, 54, 3860-3870

Design, Synthesis, and Antibacterial Properties of Dual-Ligand Inhibitors of Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase. Silvers, M.A., Robertson, G.T., Taylor, C.M. and Waldrop, G.L. (2014). J. Med. Chem. 57, 8947-8959.

Computational Redesign of Bacterial Biotin Carboxylase Inhibitors Using Structure-Based Virtual Screening of Combinatorial Libraries. Brylinski, M. and Waldrop, G.L. (2014). Molecules 19, 4021-4045.

The Three-Dimensional Structure of the Biotin Carboxylase-Biotin Carboxyl Carrier Protein Complex of E. coli Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase. Broussard, T.C., Kobe, M.J., Pakhomova, S., Neau, D.B., Price, A.E., Champion, T.S. and Waldrop, G.L. (2013). Structure 21, 650-657.

Complex Formation and Regulation of Escherichia Coli Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase. Broussard, T.C., Price, A.E., LaBorde, S.M. and Waldrop, G.L. (2013). Biochemistry 52, 3346-3357.

Frontiers, Opportunities, and Challenges in Biochemical and Chemical Catalysis of CO2 Fixation. Appel, A.M., Bercaw, J.E., Bocarsly, A.B., Dobbek, H., Dupuis, M., DuBois, D.L., Ferry, J.G., Fujita, E., Hille, R., Kenis, P.J.A., Kerfeld, C.A., Morris, R.H., Peden, C.H.F., Portis, A.R., Ragsdale, S.W., Rauchfuss, T.B., Reek, J.N.H., Seefeldt, L.C., Thauer, R.K., Waldrop, G.L. (2013). Chem. Rev., 113, 6621-6658.

A Capillary Electrophoretic Assay for Acetyl Coenzyme A Carboxylase. Bryant, S.K., Waldrop, G.L. and Gilman, S.D. (2013). Analytical Biochemistry 437, 32-38.

The Enzymes of Biotin Dependent CO2 Metabolism: What Structures Reveal about their Reaction Mechanisms. Waldrop, G.L., Holden, H.M. and St. Maurice, M. (2012). Protein Sci. 21, 1597-1619.

Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase as a Target for Antibacterial Development. Waldrop, G.L. (2012). In G. Tegos and E. Myolonakis (Eds.), Antimicrobial Drug Discovery: Emerging Strategies (pp. 208-219) Oxfordshire, UK: CAB International.

A Tale of Two Functions: Enzymatic Activity or Translational Repression by Carboxyltransferase. Meades, G., Benson, B.K., Grove, A., and Waldrop, G.L. (2010). Nucleic Acids Res. 38, 1217-1227.

Discovery of novel antibacterials. Miller, J.R. and Waldrop, G.L. (2010). Expert Opin. Drug Discov. 5, 145-154.

Kinetic Mechanism and Structural Requirements of the Amine-Catalyzed Decarboxylation of Oxaloacetic Acid. Thalji, N.K., Crowe, W.E. and Waldrop, G.L. (2009). J. Org. Chem. 74, 144-152.

Umbrella Sampling Simulations of Biotin Carboxylase: Is a Structure with an Open ATP Grasp Domain Stable in Solution? Novak, B.R., Moldovan, D., Waldrop, G.L. and de Queiroz, M.S. (2009). J. Phys. Chem. B 113, 10097-10103.

A Qualitative Approach to Enzyme Inhibition. Waldrop, G.L. (2009). Biochem. and Mol. Biol. Educ. 37, 11-15.

The Utility of Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Understanding Site-Directed Mutagenesis of Glycine Residues in Biotin Carboxylase. Bordelon, T., Nilsson Lill, S.O., and Waldrop, G.L. (2009). Proteins: Struct. Funct. Bioinf. 74, 808-819.

Structural Evidence for Substrate-Induced Synergism and Half-Sites Reactivity in Biotin Carboxylase. Mochalkin, I., Miller, J.R., Evdokimov, A., Lightle, S., Yan, C., Stover, C.K. and Waldrop, G.L. (2008). Protein Sci, 17, 1706-1718.

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Biotin Carboxylase. Nilsson Lill, S.O., Gao, J. and Waldrop, G.L. (2008). J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 3149-3156.

Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Biotin Carboxylase Kinetics: Implications for Half-Sites Reactivity. de Queiroz, M.S. and Waldrop, G.L. (2007). J. Theor. Biol. 246, 167-175.