Beta-lactamase-related (IPR001466)

Short name: Beta-lactam-related

Overlapping homologous superfamilies

Domain relationships



This entry represents the serine beta-lactamase-like superfamily. It is a group of diverse group of sequences that includes D-alanyl-D-alanine carboxypeptidase B, aminopeptidase (DmpB), alkaline D-peptidase, animal D-Ala-D-Ala carboxypeptidase homologues and the class A and C beta-lactamases and eukaryotic beta-lactamase homologues which are variously described as: transesterases, non-ribosomal peptide synthetases and hypothetical proteins. Many are serine peptidases belonging to MEROPS peptidase families S11 (D-Ala-D-Ala carboxypeptidase A family) and S12 (D-Ala-D-Ala carboxypeptidase B family, clan SE). The beta-lactamases are classified as both S11 and S12 non-peptidase homologues; these either have been found experimentally to be without peptidase activity, or lack amino acid residues that are believed to be essential for the catalytic activity.

Beta-lactamase catalyses the opening and hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of beta-lactam antibiotics such as penicillins and cephalosporins [PMID: 1856867]. There are four groups, classed A, B, C and D according to sequence, substrate specificity, and kinetic behaviour: class A (penicillinase-type) is the most common [PMID: 1856867]. The genes for class A beta-lactamases are widely distributed in bacteria, frequently located on transmissible plasmids in Gram-negative organisms, although an equivalent chromosomal gene has been found in a few species [PMID: 2788410].

Class A, C and D beta-lactamases are serine-utilising hydrolases - class B enzymes utilise a catalytic zinc centre instead. The 3 classes of serine beta-lactamase are evolutionarily related and belong to a superfamily that also includes DD-peptidases and other penicillin-binding proteins [PMID: 3128280]. All these proteins contain an S-x-x-K motif, the Ser being the active site residue. Although clearly related, however, the sequences of the 3 classes of serine beta-lactamases vary considerably outside the active site.

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