Structural determination of wild-type lactose permease. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA

Department of Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1662, USA.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 10/2007; 104(39):15294-8. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0707688104
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Here we describe an x-ray structure of wild-type lactose permease (LacY) from Escherichia coli determined by manipulating phospholipid content during crystallization. The structure exhibits the same global fold as the previous x-ray structures of a mutant that binds sugar but cannot catalyze translocation across the membrane. LacY is organized into two six-helix bundles with twofold pseudosymmetry separated by a large interior hydrophilic cavity open only to the cytoplasmic side and containing the side chains important for sugar and H(+) binding. To initiate transport, binding of sugar and/or an H(+) electrochemical gradient increases the probability of opening on the periplasmic side. Because the inward-facing conformation represents the lowest free-energy state, the rate-limiting step for transport may be the conformational change leading to the outward-facing conformation.

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    • "The lactose permease of Escherichia coli (LacY) with 12 mostly irregular transmembrane a helices organized into two pseudosymmetrical six-helix bundles connected by a relatively long cytoplasmic loop (Abramson et al., 2003; Chaptal et al., 2011; Guan et al., 2007; Kumar et al., 2014; Mirza et al., 2006) is a paradigm for the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) (Marger and Saier, 1993). In the native membrane, which is 70%–80% zwitterionic phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and 20%–25% anionic phosphatidylglycerol (PG) plus cardiolipin, LacY adopts a native topology with the N and C termini on the cytoplasmic surface of the membrane (Bogdanov et al., 2008; Calamia and Manoil, 1990; Chen and Wilson, 1984; Foster et al., 1983; Seto-Young et al., 1985). "
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    ABSTRACT: Lipids of the Escherichia coli membrane are mainly composed of 70%-80% phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and 20%-25% phosphatidylglycerol (PG). Biochemical studies indicate that the depletion of PE causes inversion of the N-terminal helix bundle of the lactose permease (LacY), and helix VII becomes extramembranous. Here we study this phenomenon using single-molecule force spectroscopy, which is sensitive to the structure of membrane proteins. In PE and PG at a ratio of 3:1, ∼95% of the LacY molecules adopt a native structure. However, when PE is omitted and the membrane contains PG only, LacY almost equally populates a native and a perturbed conformation. The most drastic changes occur at helices VI and VII and the intervening loop. Since helix VII contains Asp237 and Asp240, zwitterionic PE may suppress electrostatic repulsion between LacY and PG in the PE:PG environment. Thus, PE promotes a native fold and prevents LacY from populating a functionally defective, nonnative conformation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Structure 03/2015; 23(4). DOI:10.1016/j.str.2015.02.009 · 5.62 Impact Factor
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    • "Following years of effort, the first three-dimensional structure of LacY was resolved from X-ray diffraction studies using the conformationally restricted mutant (C154G; Cys 154 ! Gly) (Abramson et al., 2003) and, shortly after, the wild-type structure was also completed (Guan et al., 2007). In side view, the monomer of LacY is heart-shaped, and accounts for a diameter of 6 nm displaying a large internal hydrophobic cavity open to the cytoplasmic side. "
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    Molecular Membrane Biology 06/2014; 31(4). DOI:10.3109/09687688.2014.915351 · 1.69 Impact Factor
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    • "Besides monomeric transporters, e.g. LacY [1] and LeuT [2], also dimeric, e.g. NhaA [3], or EmrE [4], and a number of trimeric carrier systems are known, e.g. "
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