G domain dimerization controls dynamin's assembly-stimulated GTPase activity

Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.
Nature (Impact Factor: 41.46). 05/2010; 465(7297):435-40. DOI: 10.1038/nature09032
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Dynamin is an atypical GTPase that catalyses membrane fission during clathrin-mediated endocytosis. The mechanisms of dynamin's basal and assembly-stimulated GTP hydrolysis are unknown, though both are indirectly influenced by the GTPase effector domain (GED). Here we present the 2.0 A resolution crystal structure of a human dynamin 1-derived minimal GTPase-GED fusion protein, which was dimeric in the presence of the transition state mimic GDP.AlF(4)(-).The structure reveals dynamin's catalytic machinery and explains how assembly-stimulated GTP hydrolysis is achieved through G domain dimerization. A sodium ion present in the active site suggests that dynamin uses a cation to compensate for the developing negative charge in the transition state in the absence of an arginine finger. Structural comparison to the rat dynamin G domain reveals key conformational changes that promote G domain dimerization and stimulated hydrolysis. The structure of the GTPase-GED fusion protein dimer provides insight into the mechanisms underlying dynamin-catalysed membrane fission.

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    • "Fusion was GTP hydrolysis dependent, prompting the idea that atlastin might represent the long-sought GTP-dependent fusion machinery for the ER (Dreier, 2000). It is now known that atlastin, similar to dynamin (Chappie et al., 2010), and other GTPases that undergo nucleotide-dependent head-to-head dimerization (Gasper et al., 2009), forms a transhomodimer as it catalyzes GTP hydrolysis (Byrnes et al., 2013). Transdimerization in atlastin is further accompanied by a rigid-body rotation of a threehelix bundle (3HB) connecting each GTPase head domain to its membrane anchor. "
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    • "GTP, which binds near the GTPase dimer interface, stabilizes the dimer contact, and formation of the interface greatly increases the rate of nucleotide hydrolysis. The GTPase-proximal segment of the stalk, a helical bundle sometimes called the " bundle signaling element " (BSE; Chappie et al., 2009, 2010), responds through the " switch 1 " element of the GTPase to the occupancy of the nucleotide-binding site. Structures that include both the GTPase and the BSE show that the latter has one conformation (relative to the Ras-like domain) in the GTP-bound state (as represented by the nonhydrolyzable analogue, GMPPCP) and a quite different one in the transition state (as represented by GDP- AlF 4− ). "
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    • "Dynamin2 is recruited to nascent clathrin-coated pits where it forms a collar-like structure at the neck of deeply invaginated clathrin-coated pits (87–89). GTP-hydrolysis mediated changes in dynamin2 conformation lead to membrane fission and clathrin-coated vesicle release (86, 90–92). Dynamin2 also facilitates membrane binding (93–95) and membrane curvature (96) during CME. "
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