Structure and ligand binding of the soluble domain of a Thermotoga maritima membrane protein of unknown function TM1634.
ABSTRACT: As a part of the Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG) biological targets, the structures of soluble domains of membrane proteins from Thermotoga maritima were pursued. Here, we report the crystal structure of the soluble domain of TM1634, a putative membrane protein of 128 residues (15.1 kDa) and unknown function. The soluble domain of TM1634 is an alpha-helical dimer that contains a single tetratrico peptide repeat (TPR) motif in each monomer where each motif is similar to that found in Tom20. The overall fold, however, is unique and a DALI search does not identify similar folds beyond the 38-residue TPR motif. Two different putative ligand binding sites, in which PEG200 and Co(2+) were located, were identified using crystallography and NMR, respectively.
Project description:The mitochondrial import receptor Tom70 contains a tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) clamp domain, which allows the receptor to interact with the molecular chaperones, Hsc70/Hsp70 and Hsp90. Preprotein recognition by Tom70, a critical step to initiate import, is dependent on these cytosolic chaperones. Preproteins are subsequently released from the receptor for translocation across the outer membrane, yet the mechanism of this step is unknown. Here, we report that Tom20 interacts with the TPR clamp domain of Tom70 via a conserved C-terminal DDVE motif. This interaction was observed by cross-linking endogenous proteins on the outer membrane of mitochondria from HeLa cells and in co-precipitation and NMR titrations with purified proteins. Upon mutation of the TPR clamp domain or deletion of the DDVE motif, the interaction was impaired. In co-precipitation experiments, the Tom20-Tom70 interaction was inhibited by C-terminal peptides from Tom20, as well as from Hsc70 and Hsp90. The Hsp90-Tom70 interaction was measured with surface plasmon resonance, and the same peptides inhibited the interaction. Thus, Tom20 competes with the chaperones for Tom70 binding. Interestingly, antibody blocking of Tom20 did not increase the efficiency of Tom70-dependent preprotein import; instead, it impaired the Tom70 import pathway in addition to the Tom20 pathway. The functional interaction between Tom20 and Tom70 may be required at a later step of the Tom70-mediated import, after chaperone docking. We suggest a novel model in which Tom20 binds Tom70 to facilitate preprotein release from the chaperones by competition.
Project description:Bacterial cellulose (BC) is synthesized and exported through the cell membrane via a large protein complex (terminal complex) that consists of three or four subunits. BcsC is a little-studied subunit considered to export BC to the extracellular matrix. It is predicted to have two domains: a tetratrico peptide repeat (TPR) domain and a ?-barrelled outer membrane domain. Here we report the crystal structure of the N-terminal part of BcsC-TPR domain (Asp24-Arg272) derived from Enterobacter CJF-002. Unlike most TPR-containing proteins which have continuous TPR motifs, this structure has an extra ?-helix between two clusters of TPR motifs. Five independent molecules in the crystal had three different conformations that varied at the hinge of the inserted ?-helix. Such structural feature indicates that the inserted ?-helix confers flexibility to the chain and changes the direction of the TPR super-helix, which was also suggested by structural analysis of BcsC-TPR (Asp24-Leu664) in solution by size exclusion chromatography-small-angle X-ray scattering. The flexibility at the ?-helical hinge may play important role for exporting glucan chains.
Project description:An expressed sequence tag homologous to cheA was previously isolated by random sequencing of Thermotoga maritima cDNA clones (C. W. Kim, P. Markiewicz, J. J. Lee, C. F. Schierle, and J. H. Miller, J. Mol. Biol. 231: 960-981, 1993). Oligonucleotides complementary to this sequence tag were synthesized and used to identify a clone from a T. maritima lambda library by using PCR. Two partially overlapping restriction fragments were subcloned from the lambda clone and sequenced. The resulting 5,251-bp sequence contained five open reading frames, including cheA, cheW, and cheY. In addition to the chemotaxis genes, the fragment also encodes a putative protein isoaspartyl methyltransferase and an open reading frame of unknown function. Both the cheW and cheY genes were individually cloned into inducible Escherichia coli expression vectors. Upon induction, both proteins were synthesized at high levels. T. maritima CheW and CheY were both soluble and were easily purified from the bulk of the endogenous E. coli protein by heat treatment at 80 degrees C for 10 min. CheY prepared in this way was shown to be active by the demonstration of Mg(2+)-dependent autophosphorylation with [32P]acetyl phosphate. In E. coli, CheW mediates the physical coupling of the receptors to the kinase CheA. The availability of a thermostable homolog of CheW opens the possibility of structural characterization of this small coupling protein, which is among the least well characterized proteins in the bacterial chemotaxis signal transduction pathway.
Project description:The insertion of tail-anchored transmembrane (TA) proteins into the appropriate membrane is a post-translational event that requires stabilization of the transmembrane domain and targeting to the proper destination. Sgt2 is a heat-shock protein cognate (HSC) co-chaperone that preferentially binds endoplasmic reticulum-destined TA proteins and directs them to the GET pathway via Get4 and Get5. Here, we present the crystal structure from a fungal Sgt2 homolog of the tetratrico-repeat (TPR) domain and part of the linker that connects to the C-terminal domain. The linker extends into the two-carboxylate clamp of the TPR domain from a symmetry-related molecule mimicking the binding to HSCs. Based on this structure, we provide biochemical evidence that the Sgt2 TPR domain has the ability to directly bind multiple HSC family members. The structure allows us to propose features involved in this lower specificity relative to other TPR containing co-chaperones. We further show that a dimer of Sgt2 binds a single Get5 and use small angle x-ray scattering to characterize the domain arrangement of Sgt2 in solution. These results allow us to present a structural model of the Sgt2-Get4/Get5-HSC complex.
Project description:Ribonuclase P (RNase P) is an essential metallo-endonuclease that catalyzes 5' precursor-tRNA (ptRNA) processing and exists as an RNA-based enzyme in bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. In bacteria, a large catalytic RNA and a small protein component assemble to recognize and accurately cleave ptRNA and tRNA-like molecular scaffolds. Substrate recognition of ptRNA by bacterial RNase P requires RNA-RNA shape complementarity, intermolecular base pairing, and a dynamic protein-ptRNA binding interface. To gain insight into the binding specificity and dynamics of the bacterial protein-ptRNA interface, we report the backbone and side chain 1H, 13C, and 15N resonance assignments of the hyperthermophilic Thermatoga maritima RNase P protein in solution at 318 K. Our data confirm the formation of a stable RNA recognition motif (RRM) with intrinsic heterogeneity at both the N- and C-terminus of the protein, consistent with available structural information. Comprehensive resonance assignments of the bacterial RNase P protein serve as an important first step in understanding how coupled RNA binding and protein-RNA conformational changes give rise to ribonucleoprotein function.
Project description:Structural studies of integral membrane proteins typically rely upon detergent micelles as faithful mimics of the native lipid bilayer. Therefore, membrane protein structure determination would be greatly facilitated by biophysical techniques that are capable of evaluating and assessing the fold and oligomeric state of these proteins solubilized in detergent micelles. In this study, an approach to the characterization of detergent-solubilized integral membrane proteins is presented. Eight Thermotoga maritima membrane proteins were screened for solubility in 11 detergents, and the resulting soluble protein-detergent complexes were characterized with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, and chemical cross-linking to evaluate the homogeneity, oligomeric state, radius of gyration, and overall fold. A new application of SAXS is presented, which does not require density matching, and NMR methods, typically used to evaluate soluble proteins, are successfully applied to detergent-solubilized membrane proteins. Although detergents with longer alkyl chains solubilized the most proteins, further characterization indicates that some of these protein-detergent complexes are not well suited for NMR structure determination due to conformational exchange and protein oligomerization. These results emphasize the need to screen several different detergents and to characterize the protein-detergent complex in order to pursue structural studies. Finally, the physical characterization of the protein-detergent complexes indicates optimal solution conditions for further structural studies for three of the eight overexpressed membrane proteins.
Project description:BACKGROUND: Solenoid repeat proteins of the Tetratrico Peptide Repeat (TPR) family are involved as scaffolds in a broad range of protein-protein interactions. Several resources are available for the prediction of TPRs, however, they often fail to detect divergent repeat units. RESULTS: We have developed TPRpred, a profile-based method which uses a P-value-dependent score offset to include divergent repeat units and which exploits the tendency of repeats to occur in tandem. TPRpred detects not only TPR-like repeats, but also the related Pentatrico Peptide Repeats (PPRs) and SEL1-like repeats. The corresponding profiles were generated through iterative searches, by varying the threshold parameters for inclusion of repeat units into the profiles, and the best profiles were selected based on their performance on proteins of known structure. We benchmarked the performance of TPRpred in detecting TPR-containing proteins and in delineating the individual repeats therein, against currently available resources. CONCLUSION: TPRpred performs significantly better in detecting divergent repeats in TPR-containing proteins, and finds more individual repeats than the existing methods. The web server is available at http://tprpred.tuebingen.mpg.de, and the C++ and Perl sources of TPRpred along with the profiles can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.tuebingen.mpg.de/ebio/protevo/TPRpred/.
Project description:In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the putative 2-OG-Fe(II) dioxygenase Tpa1 and its partner Ett1 have been shown to impact mRNA decay and translation. Hence, inactivation of these factors was shown to influence stop codon read-though. In addition, Tpa1 represses, by an unknown mechanism, genes regulated by Hap1, a transcription factor involved in the response to levels of heme and O(2). The Schizosaccharomyces pombe orthologs of Tpa1 and Ett1, Ofd1, and its partner Nro1, respectively, have been shown to regulate the stability of the Sre1 transcription factor in response to oxygen levels. To gain insight into the function of Nro1/Ett1, we have solved the crystal structure of the S. pombe Nro1 protein deleted of its 54 N-terminal residues. Nro1 unexpectedly adopts a Tetratrico Peptide Repeat (TPR) fold, a motif often responsible for protein or peptide binding. Two ligands, a sulfate ion and an unknown molecule, interact with a cluster of highly conserved amino acids on the protein surface. Mutation of these residues demonstrates that these ligand binding sites are essential for Ett1 function in S. cerevisiae, as investigated by assaying for efficient translation termination.
Project description:Most mitochondrial proteins are synthesized in the cytosol and imported into mitochondria. The N-terminal presequences of mitochondrial-precursor proteins contain a diverse consensus motif (phi chi chi phi phi, phi is hydrophobic and chi is any amino acid), which is recognized by the Tom20 protein on the mitochondrial surface. To reveal the structural basis of the broad selectivity of Tom20, the Tom20-presequence complex was crystallized. Tethering a presequence peptide to Tom20 through a disulfide bond was essential for crystallization. Unexpectedly, the two crystals with different linker designs provided unique relative orientations of the presequence with respect to Tom20, and neither configuration could fully account for the hydrophobic preference at the three hydrophobic positions of the consensus motif. We propose the existence of a dynamic equilibrium in solution among multiple states including the two bound states. In accordance, NMR 15N relaxation analyses suggested motion on a sub-millisecond timescale at the Tom20-presequence interface. We suggest that the dynamic, multiple-mode interaction is the molecular mechanism facilitating the broadly selective specificity of the Tom20 receptor toward diverse mitochondrial presequences.