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Structural plasticity of mini-M conotoxins - expression of all mini-M subtypes by Conus regius.


ABSTRACT: The mini-M conotoxins are peptidic scaffolds found in the venom of cones snails. These scaffolds are tightly folded structures held together by three disulfide bonds with a CC-C-C-CC arrangement (conotoxin framework III) and belong to the M Superfamily of conotoxins. Here, we describe mini-M conotoxins from the venom of Conus regius, a Western Atlantic worm-hunting cone snail species using transcriptomic and peptidomic analyses. These C. regius conotoxins belong to three different subtypes: M1, M2, and M3. The subtypes show little sequence homology, and their loop sizes (intercysteine amino acid chains) vary significantly. The mini-Ms isolated from dissected venom contains preferentially hydroxylated proline residues, thus augmenting the structural reach of this conotoxin class. Using 2D-NMR methods, we have determined the 3D structure of reg3b, an M2 subtype conotoxin, which shows a constrained multi-turn scaffold. The structural diversity found within mini-M conotoxin scaffolds of C. regius is indicative of structural hypervariability of the conotoxin M superfamily that is not seen in other superfamilies. These stable minimalistic scaffolds may be investigated for the development of engineered peptides for therapeutic applications. DATABASES:Sequences are available in GenBank under accession numbers MF588935-MF588952. Structural data are available in the RCSB protein database under the accession code 6BX9.

SUBMITTER: Franco A 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6649671 | BioStudies | 2018-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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