Email updates

Keep up to date with the latest news and content from BMC Bioinformatics and BioMed Central.

This article is part of the supplement: Eleventh International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB2012): Bioinformatics

Open Access Proceedings

Functional relevance of dynamic properties of Dimeric NADP-dependent Isocitrate Dehydrogenases

Rithvik Vinekar12, Chandra Verma234* and Indira Ghosh1*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Computational and Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110067, India

2 Biomolecular Modelling and Design, Bioinformatics Institute (A*STAR), 30 Biopolis Street, Singapore 138671, Singapore

3 Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543, Singapore

4 School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 60 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 63755, Singapore

For all author emails, please log on.

BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13(Suppl 17):S2  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-S17-S2

Published: 13 December 2012



Isocitrate Dehydrogenases (IDHs) are important enzymes present in all living cells. Three subfamilies of functionally dimeric IDHs (subfamilies I, II, III) are known. Subfamily I are well-studied bacterial IDHs, like that of Escherischia coli. Subfamily II has predominantly eukaryotic members, but it also has several bacterial members, many being pathogens or endosymbionts. subfamily III IDHs are NAD-dependent.

The eukaryotic-like subfamily II IDH from pathogenic bacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis IDH1 are expected to have regulation similar to that of bacteria which use the glyoxylate bypass to survive starvation. Yet they are structurally different from IDHs of subfamily I, such as the E. coli IDH.


We have used phylogeny, structural comparisons and molecular dynamics simulations to highlight the similarity and differences between NADP-dependent dimeric IDHs with an emphasis on regulation. Our phylogenetic study indicates that an additional subfamily (IV) may also be present. Variation in sequence and structure in an aligned region may indicate functional importance concerning regulation in bacterial subfamily I IDHs.

Correlation in movement of prominent loops seen from molecular dynamics may explain the adaptability and diversity of the predominantly eukaryotic subfamily II IDHs.


This study discusses possible regulatory mechanisms operating in various IDHs and implications for regulation of eukaryotic-like bacterial IDHs such as that of M. tuberculosis, which may provide avenues for intervention in disease.