Epsilon glutathione transferases possess a unique class-conserved subunit interface motif that directly interacts with glutathione in the active site

Jantana Wongsantichon, Robert C. Robinson, Albert J. Ketterman

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Epsilon class glutathione transferases (GSTs) have been shown to contribute significantly to insecticide resistance. We report a new Epsilon class protein crystal structure from Drosophila melanogaster for the glutathione transferase DmGSTE6. The structure reveals a novel Epsilon clasp motif that is conserved across hundreds of millions of years of evolution of the insect Diptera order. This histidine-serine motif lies in the subunit interface and appears to contribute to quaternary stability as well as directly connecting the two glutathiones in the active sites of this dimeric enzyme.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00272
JournalBioscience Reports
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Dimer interface
  • Epsilon crystal structure
  • Gste6
  • Insect glutathione transferase
  • Protein structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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