Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Cecilia McIntosh

Committee Members

Dr. Ranjan Chakraborty, Dr. Shivkumar Devaiah


This research is focused on the study of the effect of mutating proline 145 to threonine on the substrate and regiospecificity of flavonol specific 3-O-glucosyltransferase (Cp3GT). While the mutant P145T enzyme did not glucosylate anthocyanidins, it did glucosylate flavanones and flavones in addition to retaining activity with flavonols. HPLC was used for product identification and showed mutant P145T glucosylated naringenin at the 7-OH position forming naringenin-7-O-glucoside and flavonols at the 3-OH position. Homology modeling and docking was done to predict the acceptor substrate recognition pattern and models were validated by experimental results. In other related work, a thrombin cleavage site was inserted into wild type Cp3GT and recombinant P145T enzyme between the enzyme and the C-myc tags in order to be able to cleave off tags. This provides the tool needed for future efforts to crystallize these proteins for structural determination.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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