(Chemical Equation Presented) IspG is an intriguing enzyme in bacteria, parasite, and plant isoprenoid biosynthesis, and its catalytic mechanism remains elusive. We report here the synthesis of (2R,3R)-4-hydroxy-3-methyl-2,3- epoxybutanyl diphosphate (Epoxy-HMBPP), a proposed intermediate in one of the frequently cited mechanistic models. We have also demonstrated that this epoxide analogue is a catalytically competent IspG substrate. This study represents the first mechanistic study of this important enzyme.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry