The Solution Structure of BMPR-IA Reveals a Local Disorder-to-Order Transition upon BMP-2 Binding
ABSTRACT The structure of the extracellular domain of BMP receptor IA was determined in solution by NMR spectroscopy and compared to its structure when bound to its ligand BMP-2. While most parts of the secondary structure are highly conserved between the bound and unbound forms, large conformational rearrangements can be observed in the beta4beta5 loop of BMPR-IA, which is in contact with BMP-2 and harbors the main binding determinants for the BMPR-IA-BMP-2 interaction. In its unbound form, helix alpha1 in BMPR-IA, which is in the center of the binding epitope for BMP-2, is missing. Since BMP-2 also shows conformational changes in the type I receptor epitope upon binding to BMPR-IA, both binding partners pass through an induced fit mechanism to adapt their binding interfaces to a given interaction surface. The inherent flexibility of both partners possibly explains the promiscuous ligand-receptor interaction observed in the BMP protein superfamily.
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ABSTRACT: Recent improvements in the accuracy of structure-based methods for the prediction of nuclear magnetic resonance chemical shifts have inspired numerous approaches for determining the secondary and tertiary structures of proteins. Such advances also suggest the possibility of using chemical shifts to characterize the conformational fluctuations of these molecules. Here we describe a method of using methyl chemical shifts as restraints in replica-averaged molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, which enables us to determine the conformational ensemble of the HU dimer and characterize the range of motions accessible to its flexible β-arms. Our analysis suggests that the bending action of HU on DNA is mediated by a mechanical clamping mechanism, in which metastable structural intermediates sampled during the hinge motions of the β-arms in the free state are presculpted to bind DNA. These results illustrate that using side-chain chemical shift data in conjunction with MD simulations can provide quantitative information about the free energy landscapes of proteins and yield detailed insights into their functional mechanisms.Journal of the American Chemical Society 02/2014; 136(6):2204-7. DOI:10.1021/ja4105396 · 11.44 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs) are secreted protein hormones that act as morphogens and exert essential roles during embryonic development of tissues and organs. Signaling by BMPs occurs via hetero-oligomerization of two types of serine/threonine kinase transmembrane receptors. Due to the small number of available receptors for a large number of BMP ligands ligand-receptor promiscuity presents an evident problem requiring additional regulatory mechanisms for ligand-specific signaling. Such additional regulation is achieved through a plethora of extracellular antagonists, among them members of the Chordin superfamily, that modulate BMP signaling activity by binding. The key-element in Chordin-related antagonists for interacting with BMPs is the von Willebrand type C (VWC) module, which is a small domain of about 50 to 60 residues occurring in many different proteins. Although a structure of the VWC domain of the Chordin-member Crossveinless 2 (CV2) bound to BMP-2 has been determined by X-ray crystallography, the molecular mechanism by which the VWC domain binds BMPs has remained unclear. Here we present the NMR structure of the Danio rerio CV2 VWC1 domain in its unbound state showing that the key features for high affinity binding to BMP-2 is a pre-oriented peptide loop.Molecules 10/2013; 18(10):11658-82. DOI:10.3390/molecules181011658 · 2.10 Impact Factor
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