Elution profile analysis of SDS-induced subcomplexes by quantitative mass spectrometry.
ABSTRACT: Analyzing the molecular architecture of native multiprotein complexes via biochemical methods has so far been difficult and error prone. Protein complex isolation by affinity purification can define the protein repertoire of a given complex, yet, it remains difficult to gain knowledge of its substructure or modular composition. Here, we introduce SDS concentration gradient induced decomposition of protein complexes coupled to quantitative mass spectrometry and in silico elution profile distance analysis. By applying this new method to a cellular transport module, the IFT/lebercilin complex, we demonstrate its ability to determine modular composition as well as sensitively detect known and novel complex components. We show that the IFT/lebercilin complex can be separated into at least five submodules, the IFT complex A, the IFT complex B, the 14-3-3 protein complex and the CTLH complex, as well as the dynein light chain complex. Furthermore, we identify the protein TULP3 as a potential new member of the IFT complex A and showed that several proteins, classified as IFT complex B-associated, are integral parts of this complex. To further demonstrate EPASIS general applicability, we analyzed the modular substructure of two additional complexes, that of B-RAF and of 14-3-3-?. The results show, that EPASIS provides a robust as well as sensitive strategy to dissect the substructure of large multiprotein complexes in a highly time- as well as cost-effective manner.
Project description:The mutations that cause Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) lead to photoreceptor cell death at an early age, causing childhood blindness. To unravel the molecular basis of LCA, we analyzed how mutations in LCA5 affect the connectivity of the encoded protein lebercilin at the interactome level. In photoreceptors, lebercilin is uniquely localized at the cilium that bridges the inner and outer segments. Using a generally applicable affinity proteomics approach, we showed that lebercilin specifically interacted with the intraflagellar transport (IFT) machinery in HEK293T cells. This interaction disappeared when 2 human LCA-associated lebercilin mutations were introduced, implicating a specific disruption of IFT-dependent protein transport, an evolutionarily conserved basic mechanism found in all cilia. Lca5 inactivation in mice led to partial displacement of opsins and light-induced translocation of arrestin from photoreceptor outer segments. This was consistent with a defect in IFT at the connecting cilium, leading to failure of proper outer segment formation and subsequent photoreceptor degeneration. These data suggest that lebercilin functions as an integral element of selective protein transport through photoreceptor cilia and provide a molecular demonstration that disrupted IFT can lead to LCA.
Project description:Cilia serve as cellular antennae where proteins involved in sensory and developmental signaling, including G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), are specifically localized. Intraflagellar transport (IFT)-A and -B complexes mediate retrograde and anterograde ciliary protein trafficking, respectively. Using a visible immunoprecipitation assay to detect protein-protein interactions, we show that the IFT-A complex is divided into a core subcomplex, composed of IFT122/IFT140/IFT144, which is associated with TULP3, and a peripheral subcomplex, composed of IFT43/IFT121/IFT139, where IFT139 is most distally located. IFT139-knockout (KO) and IFT144-KO cells demonstrated distinct phenotypes: IFT139-KO cells showed the accumulation of IFT-A, IFT-B, and GPCRs, including Smoothened and GPR161, at the bulged ciliary tips; IFT144-KO cells showed failed ciliary entry of IFT-A and GPCRs and IFT-B accumulation at the bulged tips. These observations demonstrate the distinct roles of the core and peripheral IFT-A subunits: IFT139 is dispensable for IFT-A assembly but essential for retrograde trafficking of IFT-A, IFT-B, and GPCRs; in contrast, IFT144 is essential for functional IFT-A assembly and ciliary entry of GPCRs but dispensable for anterograde IFT-B trafficking. Thus the data presented here demonstrate that the IFT-A complex mediates not only retrograde trafficking but also entry into cilia of GPCRs.
Project description:The intraflagellar transport (IFT) complex is an integral component of the cilium, a quintessential organelle of the eukaryotic cell. The IFT system consists of three subcomplexes [i.e., intraflagellar transport (IFT)-A, IFT-B, and the BBSome], which together transport proteins and other molecules along the cilium. IFT dysfunction results in diseases collectively called ciliopathies. It has been proposed that the IFT complexes originated from vesicle coats similar to coat protein complex (COP) I, COPII, and clathrin. Here we provide phylogenetic evidence for common ancestry of IFT subunits and ?, ?', and ? subunits of COPI, and trace the origins of the IFT-A, IFT-B, and the BBSome subcomplexes. We find that IFT-A and the BBSome likely arose from an IFT-B-like complex by intracomplex subunit duplication. The distribution of IFT proteins across eukaryotes identifies the BBSome as a frequently lost, modular component of the IFT. Significantly, loss of the BBSome from a taxon is a frequent precursor to complete cilium loss in related taxa. Given the inferred late origin of the BBSome in cilium evolution and its frequent loss, the IFT complex behaves as a "last-in, first-out" system. The protocoatomer origin of the IFT complex corroborates involvement of IFT components in vesicle transport. Expansion of IFT subunits by duplication and their subsequent independent loss supports the idea of modularity and structural independence of the IFT subcomplexes.
Project description:Outer dynein arms (ODAs) are multiprotein complexes that drive flagellar beating. Based on genetic and biochemical analyses, ODAs preassemble in the cell body and then move into the flagellum by intraflagellar transport (IFT). To study ODA transport in vivo, we expressed the essential intermediate chain 2 tagged with mNeonGreen (IC2-NG) to rescue the corresponding Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant oda6. IC2-NG moved by IFT; the transport was of low processivity and increased in frequency during flagellar growth. As expected, IFT of IC2-NG was diminished in oda16, lacking an ODA-specific IFT adapter, and in ift46 IFT46?N lacking the ODA16-interacting portion of IFT46. IFT loading appears to involve ODA16-dependent recruitment of ODAs to basal bodies followed by handover to IFT. Upon unloading from IFT, ODAs rapidly docked to the axoneme. Transient docking still occurred in the docking complex mutant oda3 indicating that the docking complex stabilizes rather than initiates ODA-microtubule interactions. In full-length flagella, ODAs continued to enter and move inside cilia by short-term bidirectional IFT and diffusion and the newly imported complexes frequently replaced axoneme-bound ODAs. We propose that the low processivity of ODA-IFT contributes to flagellar maintenance by ensuring the availability of replacement ODAs along the length of flagella.
Project description:BACKGROUND:RanBPM (Ran-binding protein in the microtubule-organizing centre) was originally reported as a centrosome-associated protein in human cells. However, RanBPM protein containing highly conserved SPRY, LisH, CTLH and CRA domains is currently considered as a scaffolding protein with multiple cellular functions. A plant homologue of RanBPM has not yet been characterized. RESULTS:Based on sequence similarity, we identified a homologue of the human RanBPM in Arabidopsis thaliana. AtRanBPM protein has highly conserved SPRY, LisH, CTLH and CRA domains. Cell fractionation showed that endogenous AtRanBPM or expressed GFP-AtRanBPM are mainly cytoplasmic proteins with only a minor portion detectable in microsomal fractions. AtRanBPM was identified predominantly in the form of soluble cytoplasmic complexes ~230-500?kDa in size. Immunopurification of AtRanBPM followed by mass spectrometric analysis identified proteins containing LisH and CRA domains; LisH, CRA, RING-U-box domains and a transducin/WD40 repeats in a complex with AtRanBPM. Homologues of identified proteins are known to be components of the C-terminal to the LisH motif (CTLH) complexes in humans and budding yeast. Microscopic analysis of GFP-AtRanBPM in vivo and immunofluorescence localization of endogenous AtRanBPM protein in cultured cells and seedlings of Arabidopsis showed mainly cytoplasmic and nuclear localization. Absence of colocalization with ?-tubulin was consistent with the biochemical data and suggests another than a centrosomal role of the AtRanBPM protein. CONCLUSION:We showed that as yet uncharacterized Arabidopsis RanBPM protein physically interacts with LisH-CTLH domain-containing proteins. The newly identified high molecular weight cytoplasmic protein complexes of AtRanBPM showed homology with CTLH types of complexes described in mammals and budding yeast. Although the exact functions of the CTLH complexes in scaffolding of protein degradation, in protein interactions and in signalling from the periphery to the cell centre are not yet fully understood, structural conservation of the complexes across eukaryotes suggests their important biological role.
Project description:Cilia use microtubule-based intraflagellar transport (IFT) to organize intercellular signaling. Ciliopathies are a spectrum of human diseases resulting from defects in cilia structure or function. The mechanisms regulating the assembly of ciliary multiprotein complexes and the transport of these complexes to the base of cilia remain largely unknown. Combining proteomics, in vivo imaging and genetic analysis of proteins linked to planar cell polarity (Inturned, Fuzzy and Wdpcp), we identified and characterized a new genetic module, which we term CPLANE (ciliogenesis and planar polarity effector), and an extensive associated protein network. CPLANE proteins physically and functionally interact with the poorly understood ciliopathy-associated protein Jbts17 at basal bodies, where they act to recruit a specific subset of IFT-A proteins. In the absence of CPLANE, defective IFT-A particles enter the axoneme and IFT-B trafficking is severely perturbed. Accordingly, mutation of CPLANE genes elicits specific ciliopathy phenotypes in mouse models and is associated with ciliopathies in human patients.
Project description:MOTIVATION: Recent advances in high-throughput technologies have made it possible to investigate not only individual protein interactions, but also the association of these proteins in complexes. So far the focus has been on the prediction of complexes as sets of proteins from the experimental results. The modular substructure and the physical interactions within the protein complexes have been mostly ignored. RESULTS: We present an approach for identifying the direct physical interactions and the subcomponent structure of protein complexes predicted from affinity purification assays. Our algorithm calculates the union of all maximum spanning trees from scoring networks for each protein complex to extract relevant interactions. In a subsequent step this network is extended to interactions which are not accounted for by alternative indirect paths. We show that the interactions identified with this approach are more accurate in predicting experimentally derived physical interactions than baseline approaches. Based on these networks, the subcomponent structure of the complexes can be resolved more satisfactorily and subcomplexes can be identified. The usefulness of our method is illustrated on the RNA polymerases for which the modular substructure can be successfully reconstructed. AVAILABILITY: A Java implementation of the prediction methods and supplementary material are available at http://www.bio.ifi.lmu.de/Complexes/Substructures/.
Project description:Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is an essential process in all organisms that serves to move proteins along flagella or cilia in either direction. IFT is performed by IFT particles, which are multiprotein complexes organized into two subcomplexes, A and B. The IFT proteins form interactions with each other, with cargo proteins, and with membranes during the transport process. Several IFT proteins are expressed in many parts of the retina, such as the outer plexiform and outer nuclear layers, and function in the transport of photoreceptor proteins between the inner and outer segments. Mutants of IFT protein genes have been characterized in model organisms such as Chlamydomonas, C. elegans, zebrafish, and the mouse. These mutants have defective ciliogenesis or abnormalities in retinal photoreceptors. Mutations in IFT genes are associated with syndromic and non-syndromic forms of retinal disease in humans, frequently with early onset of disease.
Project description:The mammalian muskelin/RanBP9/C-terminal to LisH (CTLH) complex and the Saccharomyces cerevisiae glucose-induced degradation (GID) complex are large, multi-protein complexes that each contain a RING E3 ubiquitin ligase. The yeast GID complex acts to degrade a key enzyme of gluconeogenesis, fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase, under conditions of abundant fermentable carbon sources. However, the assembly and functions of the mammalian complex remain poorly understood. A striking feature of these complexes is the presence of multiple proteins that contain contiguous lissencephaly-1 homology (LisH), CTLH and C-terminal CT11-RanBP9 (CRA) domains. TWA1/Gid8, the smallest constituent protein of these complexes, consists only of LisH, CTLH and CRA domains and is highly conserved in eukaryotes. Towards better knowledge of the role of TWA1 in these multi-protein complexes, we established a method for bacterial expression and purification of mouse TWA1 that yields tag-free, recombinant TWA1 in quantities suitable for biophysical and biochemical studies. CD spectroscopy of recombinant TWA1 indicated a predominantly α-helical protein. Gel filtration chromatography, size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) with multi-angle light scattering (SEC-MALS) and native PAGE demonstrated a propensity of untagged TWA1 to form stable dimers and, to a lesser extent, higher order oligomers. TWA1 has a single cysteine residue, Cys139, yet the dimeric form was preserved when TWA1 was purified in the presence of the reducing agent tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP). These findings have implications for understanding the molecular role of TWA1 in the yeast GID complex and related multi-protein E3 ubiquitin ligases identified in other eukaryotes.
Project description:The tubby mouse shows a tripartite syndrome characterized by maturity-onset obesity, blindness and deafness. The causative gene Tub is the founding member of a family of related proteins present throughout the animal and plant kingdoms, each characterized by a signature carboxy-terminal tubby domain. This domain consists of a ? barrel enclosing a central ? helix and binds selectively to specific membrane phosphoinositides. The vertebrate family of tubby-like proteins (TULPs) includes the founding member TUB and the related TULPs, TULP1 to TULP4. Tulp1 is expressed in the retina and mutations in TULP1 cause retinitis pigmentosa in humans; Tulp3 is expressed ubiquitously in the mouse embryo and is important in sonic hedgehog (Shh)-mediated dorso-ventral patterning of the spinal cord. The amino terminus of these proteins is diverse and directs distinct functions. In the best-characterized example, the TULP3 amino terminus binds to the IFT-A complex, a complex important in intraflagellar transport in the primary cilia, through a short conserved domain. Thus, the tubby family proteins seem to serve as bipartite bridges through their phosphoinositide-binding tubby and unique amino-terminal functional domains, coordinating multiple signaling pathways, including ciliary G-protein-coupled receptor trafficking and Shh signaling. Molecular studies on this functionally diverse protein family are beginning to provide us with remarkable insights into the tubby-mouse syndrome and other related diseases.