Mechanistic evidence for a front-side, SNi-type reaction in a retaining glycosyltransferase.
A previously determined crystal structure of the ternary complex of trehalose-6-phosphate synthase identified a putative transition state-like arrangement based on validoxylamine A 6'-O-phosphate and uridine diphosphate in the active site. Here linear free energy relationships confirm that these inhibitors are synergistic transition state mimics, supporting front-face nucleophilic attack involving hydrogen bonding between leaving group and nucleophile. Kinetic isotope effects indicate a highl...Expand abstract
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