, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 991–1002 | Cite as

Studies on the activation of isocitrate dehydrogenase kinase/phosphatase (AceK) by Mn2+ and Mg2+

  • Yanxia Yin
  • Yadan Gao
  • Shanze Li
  • Guohua JiangEmail author
  • Qun WeiEmail author


Isocitrate dehydrogenase kinase/phosphatase (AceK) is a bifunctional enzyme with both kinase and phosphatase activities that are activated by Mg2+. We have studied the interactions of Mn2+and Mg2+ with AceK using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) combined with molecular docking simulations and show for the first time that Mn2+ also activates the enzyme activities. However, Mn2+ and Mg2+ exert their effects by different mechanisms. Although they have similar binding constants (of 1.11 × 105 and 0.98 × 105 M−1, respectively) for AceK and induce conformational changes of the enzyme, they do not compete for the same binding site. Instead Mn2+ appears to bind to the regulatory domain of AceK, and its effect is transmitted to the active site of the enzyme by the conformational change that it induces. The information in this study should be very useful for understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the interaction between AceK and metal ions, especially Mn2+ and Mg2+.


AceK Kinase Phosphatase Binding Activation ITC 



This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Youth Foundation of China (Grant No. 31700695) and the key project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 2113303).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest regarding the contents of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyBeijing Normal University, Beijing Key LaboratoryBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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