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Structure and dynamics of the membrane attaching nitric oxide transporter nitrophorin 7.

Knipp M, Ogata H, Soavi G, Cerullo G, Allegri A, Abbruzzetti S, Bruno S, Viappiani C, Bidon-Chanal A, Luque FJ - F1000Res (2015)

Bottom Line: However, a chain-like arrangement in the crystal lattice due to a number of head-to-tail electrostatic stabilizing interactions is found in NP7.Fast and ultrafast laser triggered ligand rebinding experiments demonstrate the pH-dependent ligand migration within the cavities and the exit route.Finally, the topological distribution of pockets located around the heme as well as from inner cavities present at the rear of the protein provides a distinctive feature in NP7, so that while a loop gated exit mechanism to the solvent has been proposed for most nitrophorins, a more complex mechanism that involves several interconnected gas hosting cavities is proposed for NP7.

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Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr, 45470, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Nitrophorins represent a unique class of heme proteins that are able to perform the delicate transportation and release of the free-radical gaseous messenger nitric oxide (NO) in a pH-triggered manner. Besides its ability to bind to phospholipid membranes, the N-terminus contains an additional Leu-Pro-Gly stretch, which is a unique sequence trait, and the heme cavity is significantly altered with respect to other nitrophorins. These distinctive features encouraged us to solve the X-ray crystallographic structures of NP7 at low and high pH and bound with different heme ligands (nitric oxide, histamine, imidazole). The overall fold of the lipocalin motif is well preserved in the different X-ray structures and resembles the fold of other nitrophorins. However, a chain-like arrangement in the crystal lattice due to a number of head-to-tail electrostatic stabilizing interactions is found in NP7. Furthermore, the X-ray structures also reveal ligand-dependent changes in the orientation of the heme, as well as in specific interactions between the A-B and G-H loops, which are considered to be relevant for the biological function of nitrophorins. Fast and ultrafast laser triggered ligand rebinding experiments demonstrate the pH-dependent ligand migration within the cavities and the exit route. Finally, the topological distribution of pockets located around the heme as well as from inner cavities present at the rear of the protein provides a distinctive feature in NP7, so that while a loop gated exit mechanism to the solvent has been proposed for most nitrophorins, a more complex mechanism that involves several interconnected gas hosting cavities is proposed for NP7.

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Mentions: Conditions for the crystallization of NP7 at pH 7.8 were previously reported12. The addition of di- and polyanionic substances to compensate for the positively charged surface of NP7 that is responsible for the binding to negatively charged phospholipid membranes was crucial for the crystal formation9,10. The previously reported crystals diffracted to a resolution of 1.8 Å12. Further optimization of the crystallization conditions resulted in crystals that diffract to even higher resolution down to 1.29 Å (Table 1). It was also possible to crystallize the protein at low pH conditions, i.e., pH 5.8. Since charge compensation for the Lys surface patch was crucial, we also tried to add the amine coordinating bisphosphonate (“lysine tweezer”)1 (Scheme 1), which is known to be a Lys-specific binder34, resulting in high resolution crystals. Another additive that turned out to be successful was the Gly–Gly–Gly tripeptide.


Structure and dynamics of the membrane attaching nitric oxide transporter nitrophorin 7.

Knipp M, Ogata H, Soavi G, Cerullo G, Allegri A, Abbruzzetti S, Bruno S, Viappiani C, Bidon-Chanal A, Luque FJ - F1000Res (2015)

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Mentions: Conditions for the crystallization of NP7 at pH 7.8 were previously reported12. The addition of di- and polyanionic substances to compensate for the positively charged surface of NP7 that is responsible for the binding to negatively charged phospholipid membranes was crucial for the crystal formation9,10. The previously reported crystals diffracted to a resolution of 1.8 Å12. Further optimization of the crystallization conditions resulted in crystals that diffract to even higher resolution down to 1.29 Å (Table 1). It was also possible to crystallize the protein at low pH conditions, i.e., pH 5.8. Since charge compensation for the Lys surface patch was crucial, we also tried to add the amine coordinating bisphosphonate (“lysine tweezer”)1 (Scheme 1), which is known to be a Lys-specific binder34, resulting in high resolution crystals. Another additive that turned out to be successful was the Gly–Gly–Gly tripeptide.

Bottom Line: However, a chain-like arrangement in the crystal lattice due to a number of head-to-tail electrostatic stabilizing interactions is found in NP7.Fast and ultrafast laser triggered ligand rebinding experiments demonstrate the pH-dependent ligand migration within the cavities and the exit route.Finally, the topological distribution of pockets located around the heme as well as from inner cavities present at the rear of the protein provides a distinctive feature in NP7, so that while a loop gated exit mechanism to the solvent has been proposed for most nitrophorins, a more complex mechanism that involves several interconnected gas hosting cavities is proposed for NP7.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr, 45470, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Nitrophorins represent a unique class of heme proteins that are able to perform the delicate transportation and release of the free-radical gaseous messenger nitric oxide (NO) in a pH-triggered manner. Besides its ability to bind to phospholipid membranes, the N-terminus contains an additional Leu-Pro-Gly stretch, which is a unique sequence trait, and the heme cavity is significantly altered with respect to other nitrophorins. These distinctive features encouraged us to solve the X-ray crystallographic structures of NP7 at low and high pH and bound with different heme ligands (nitric oxide, histamine, imidazole). The overall fold of the lipocalin motif is well preserved in the different X-ray structures and resembles the fold of other nitrophorins. However, a chain-like arrangement in the crystal lattice due to a number of head-to-tail electrostatic stabilizing interactions is found in NP7. Furthermore, the X-ray structures also reveal ligand-dependent changes in the orientation of the heme, as well as in specific interactions between the A-B and G-H loops, which are considered to be relevant for the biological function of nitrophorins. Fast and ultrafast laser triggered ligand rebinding experiments demonstrate the pH-dependent ligand migration within the cavities and the exit route. Finally, the topological distribution of pockets located around the heme as well as from inner cavities present at the rear of the protein provides a distinctive feature in NP7, so that while a loop gated exit mechanism to the solvent has been proposed for most nitrophorins, a more complex mechanism that involves several interconnected gas hosting cavities is proposed for NP7.

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