Ligand specificity in the CRAL-TRIO protein family

Department of Chemistry, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Biochemistry (Impact Factor: 3.02). 06/2003; 42(21):6467-74. DOI: 10.1021/bi034086v
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Intracellular trafficking of hydrophobic ligands is often mediated by specific binding proteins. The CRAL-TRIO motif is common to several lipid binding proteins including the cellular retinaldehyde binding protein (CRALBP), the alpha-tocopherol transfer protein (alpha-TTP), yeast phosphatidylinositol transfer protein (Sec14p), and supernatant protein factor (SPF). To examine the ligand specificity of these proteins, we measured their affinity toward a variety of hydrophobic ligands using a competitive [(3)H]-RRR-alpha-tocopherol binding assay. Alpha-TTP preferentially bound RRR-alpha-tocopherol over all other tocols assayed, exhibiting a K(d) of 25 nM. Binding affinities of other tocols for alphaTTP closely paralleled their ability to inhibit in vitro intermembrane transfer and their potency in biological assays. All other homologous proteins studied bound alpha-tocopherol but with pronouncedly weaker (> 10-fold) affinities than alpha-TTP. Sec14p demonstrated a K(d) of 373 nM for alpha-tocopherol, similar to that for its native ligand, phosphatidylinositol (381 nM). Human SPF had the highest affinity for phosphatidylinositol (216 nM) and gamma-tocopherol (268 nM) and significantly weaker affinity for alpha-tocopherol (K(d) 615 nM). SPF bound [(3)H]-squalene more weakly (879 nM) than the other ligands. Our data suggest that of all known CRAL-TRIO proteins, only alphaTTP is likely to serve as the physiological mediator of alpha-tocopherol's biological activity. Further, ligand promiscuity observed within this family suggests that caution should be exercised when suggesting protein function(s) from measurements utilizing a single ligand.

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    • "The competition with these ligands for a common binding site and their exchange could affect phospholipid-dependent transport and signalling pathways. Accordingly, αT stimulates in vitro squalene epoxidase and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase gamma (PI3Kγ) activity possibly by forcing the release of squalene or phosphatidylinositol, respectively, and/or facilitating their presentation to the enzymes [14], [25], [26], [29], [30]. Thus, αT may act as competing heterotypic ligand to PI or squalene as proposed for PC in stimulating the phosphorylation of PI by PI kinases [20]. "
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    PLoS ONE 07/2014; 9(7):e101550. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0101550 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "The presence of a CRALBP-like protein in Ciona (Ci-CRALBP) suggests that trapping and transport of 11-cis retinal derived from Ci-opsin3 could occur in both the larva and adult stages. Though Ci-CRALBP clusters with vertebrate CRALBP (unlike Branchiostoma CRALBP-like homolog [13], which clusters with α-tocopherol transfer protein (aTTP; data not shown), another member of the CRAL-TRIO family [45]), it has not yet been shown experimentally to actually bind 11-cis retinal. The absence of a robust LRAT ortholog (other than a SULT1-ST7-like homolog) in Ciona further weakens the case for a patent visual cycle in ascidians. "
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    • "However, each member binds diverse small hydrophobic ligands. For examples, the CRAL_TRIO domain of Sec14L group binds phosphotidylinositol , aTTP has affinity for tocopherol and CRALBP binds retinaldehyde [25]. The ligand specificities of the RhoGEFs and Ras- GAP groups (represented by NF1 proteins) is currently unknown. "
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