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Crystal structure of soluble domain of malaria sporozoite protein UIS3 in complex with lipid.

Sharma A, Yogavel M, Akhouri RR, Gill J, Sharma A - J. Biol. Chem. (2008)

Bottom Line: We additionally provide new structural and biochemical evidence of PfUIS3(130-229) interactions with lipids (phosphatidylethanolamine), with phospholipid liposomes, and with the human liver fatty acid-binding protein.The direct interaction of PfUIS3(130-229) with liver fatty acid-binding protein most likely provides the parasite with a conduit for importing essential fatty acids/lipids.Therefore, our analyses have implications for lipid transport into the parasite during the rapid growth phases of sporozoites.

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Affiliation: Structural and Computational Biology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Aruna Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi, India.

ABSTRACT
Malaria parasite UIS3 (up-regulated in infective sporozoites gene 3) is essential for sporozoite development in infected hepatocytes. UIS3 encodes for a membrane protein that is localized to the parasite parasitophorous vacuolar membrane in infected hepatocytes. We describe here 2.5-A resolution crystal structure of Plasmodium falciparum UIS3 soluble domain (PfUIS3(130-229)) in complex with the lipid phosphatidylethanolamine (PE). PfUIS3(130-229) is a novel, compact, and all alpha-helical structure bound to one molecule of PE. The PfUIS3(130-229)-PE complex structure reveals a novel binding site with specific interactions between PfUIS3(130-229) and the PE head group. One acyl chain of PE wraps around part of PfUIS3(130-229) and docks onto a hydrophobic channel. We additionally provide new structural and biochemical evidence of PfUIS3(130-229) interactions with lipids (phosphatidylethanolamine), with phospholipid liposomes, and with the human liver fatty acid-binding protein. The direct interaction of PfUIS3(130-229) with liver fatty acid-binding protein most likely provides the parasite with a conduit for importing essential fatty acids/lipids. Therefore, our analyses have implications for lipid transport into the parasite during the rapid growth phases of sporozoites. Given that PfUIS3 is essential for establishment of liver stage infection by P. falciparum, our data provide a new target for abrogating parasite development within liver cells before typical symptoms of malaria can manifest.

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Lipophilic surface representation of PfUIS3. The surface is color-coded from dark brown to blue according to its lipophilic nature. A hydrophobic cavity is present on the surface that is lined largely by conserved hydrophobic residues.
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fig7: Lipophilic surface representation of PfUIS3. The surface is color-coded from dark brown to blue according to its lipophilic nature. A hydrophobic cavity is present on the surface that is lined largely by conserved hydrophobic residues.

Mentions: Surface lipophilicity analysis of PfUIS3 reveals the presence of a lipophilic channel very near to PE binding channel (Fig. 7). This channel is lined by residues Leu134, Ile132, Phe188, Leu192, Leu158, and Leu161, which are largely conserved in all the plasmodial UIS3. The biological significance of this channel is not fully clear, but it seems that it may also act as a binding site for hydrophobic cargo.


Crystal structure of soluble domain of malaria sporozoite protein UIS3 in complex with lipid.

Sharma A, Yogavel M, Akhouri RR, Gill J, Sharma A - J. Biol. Chem. (2008)

Lipophilic surface representation of PfUIS3. The surface is color-coded from dark brown to blue according to its lipophilic nature. A hydrophobic cavity is present on the surface that is lined largely by conserved hydrophobic residues.
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fig7: Lipophilic surface representation of PfUIS3. The surface is color-coded from dark brown to blue according to its lipophilic nature. A hydrophobic cavity is present on the surface that is lined largely by conserved hydrophobic residues.
Mentions: Surface lipophilicity analysis of PfUIS3 reveals the presence of a lipophilic channel very near to PE binding channel (Fig. 7). This channel is lined by residues Leu134, Ile132, Phe188, Leu192, Leu158, and Leu161, which are largely conserved in all the plasmodial UIS3. The biological significance of this channel is not fully clear, but it seems that it may also act as a binding site for hydrophobic cargo.

Bottom Line: We additionally provide new structural and biochemical evidence of PfUIS3(130-229) interactions with lipids (phosphatidylethanolamine), with phospholipid liposomes, and with the human liver fatty acid-binding protein.The direct interaction of PfUIS3(130-229) with liver fatty acid-binding protein most likely provides the parasite with a conduit for importing essential fatty acids/lipids.Therefore, our analyses have implications for lipid transport into the parasite during the rapid growth phases of sporozoites.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Structural and Computational Biology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Aruna Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi, India.

ABSTRACT
Malaria parasite UIS3 (up-regulated in infective sporozoites gene 3) is essential for sporozoite development in infected hepatocytes. UIS3 encodes for a membrane protein that is localized to the parasite parasitophorous vacuolar membrane in infected hepatocytes. We describe here 2.5-A resolution crystal structure of Plasmodium falciparum UIS3 soluble domain (PfUIS3(130-229)) in complex with the lipid phosphatidylethanolamine (PE). PfUIS3(130-229) is a novel, compact, and all alpha-helical structure bound to one molecule of PE. The PfUIS3(130-229)-PE complex structure reveals a novel binding site with specific interactions between PfUIS3(130-229) and the PE head group. One acyl chain of PE wraps around part of PfUIS3(130-229) and docks onto a hydrophobic channel. We additionally provide new structural and biochemical evidence of PfUIS3(130-229) interactions with lipids (phosphatidylethanolamine), with phospholipid liposomes, and with the human liver fatty acid-binding protein. The direct interaction of PfUIS3(130-229) with liver fatty acid-binding protein most likely provides the parasite with a conduit for importing essential fatty acids/lipids. Therefore, our analyses have implications for lipid transport into the parasite during the rapid growth phases of sporozoites. Given that PfUIS3 is essential for establishment of liver stage infection by P. falciparum, our data provide a new target for abrogating parasite development within liver cells before typical symptoms of malaria can manifest.

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