Mutational and Environmental Effects on the Dynamic Conformational Distributions of Lys48-Linked Ubiquitin Chains

Methanee Hiranyakorn, Maho Yagi-Utsumi, Saeko Yanaka, Naoya Ohtsuka, Norie Momiyama, Tadashi Satoh, Koichi Kato

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

1 被引用数 (Scopus)


In multidomain proteins, individual domains connected by flexible linkers are dynamically rearranged upon ligand binding and sensing changes in environmental factors, such as pH and temperature. Here, we characterize dynamic domain rearrangements of Lys48-linked ubiquitin (Ub) chains as models of multidomain proteins in which molecular surfaces mediating intermolecular interactions are involved in intramolecular domain–domain interactions. Using NMR and other biophysical techniques, we characterized dynamic conformational interconversions of diUb between open and closed states regarding solvent exposure of the hydrophobic surfaces of each Ub unit, which serve as binding sites for various Ub-interacting proteins. We found that the hydrophobic Ub-Ub interaction in diUb was reinforced by cysteine substitution of Lys48 of the distal Ub unit because of interaction between the cysteinyl thiol group and the C-terminal segment of the proximal Ub unit. In contrast, the replacement of the isopeptide linker with an artificial ethylenamine linker minimally affected the conformational distributions. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the mutational modification allosterically impacted the exposure of the most distal Ub unit in triUb. Thus, the conformational interconversion of Ub chains offers a unique design framework in Ub-based protein engineering not only for developing biosensing probes but also for allowing new opportunities for the allosteric regulation of multidomain proteins.

ジャーナルInternational journal of molecular sciences
出版ステータス出版済み - 4月 2023

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 触媒
  • 分子生物学
  • 分光学
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 物理化学および理論化学
  • 有機化学
  • 無機化学


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