Lipid-protein interactions in double-layered two-dimensional AQP0 crystals.
ABSTRACT Lens-specific aquaporin-0 (AQP0) functions as a specific water pore and forms the thin junctions between fibre cells. Here we describe a 1.9 A resolution structure of junctional AQP0, determined by electron crystallography of double-layered two-dimensional crystals. Comparison of junctional and non-junctional AQP0 structures shows that junction formation depends on a conformational switch in an extracellular loop, which may result from cleavage of the cytoplasmic amino and carboxy termini. In the centre of the water pathway, the closed pore in junctional AQP0 retains only three water molecules, which are too widely spaced to form hydrogen bonds with each other. Packing interactions between AQP0 tetramers in the crystalline array are mediated by lipid molecules, which assume preferred conformations. We were therefore able to build an atomic model for the lipid bilayer surrounding the AQP0 tetramers, and we describe lipid-protein interactions.
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ABSTRACT: The superfamily of major intrinsic proteins (MIPs) includes aquaporin (AQP) and aquaglyceroporin (AQGP) and it is involved in the transport of water and neutral solutes across the membrane. Diverse MIP sequences adopt a unique hour-glass fold with six transmembrane helices (TM1 to TM6) and two half-helices (LB and LE). Loop E contains one of the two conserved NPA motifs and contributes two residues to the aromatic/arginine selectivity filter. Function and regulation of majority of MIP channels are not yet characterized. We have analyzed the loop E region of 1468 MIP sequences and their structural models from six different organism groups. They can be phylogenetically clustered into AQGPs, AQPs, plant MIPs and other MIPs. The LE half-helix in all AQGPs contains an intra-helical salt-bridge and helix-breaking residues Gly/Pro within the same helical turn. All non-AQGPs lack this salt-bridge but have the helix destabilizing Gly and/or Pro in the same positions. However, the segment connecting LE half-helix and TM6 is longer by 10-15 residues in AQGPs compared to all non-AQGPs. We speculate that this longer loop in AQGPs and the LE half-helix of non-AQGPs will be relatively more flexible and this could be functionally important. Molecular dynamics simulations on glycerol-specific GlpF, water-transporting AQP1, its mutant and a fungal AQP channel confirm these predictions. Thus two distinct regions of loop E, one in AQGPs and the other in non-AQGPs, seem to be capable of modulating the transport. These regions can also act in conjunction with other extracellular residues/segments to regulate MIP channel transport. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.bbamem.2015.03.013 · 4.66 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Membrane proteins and macromolecular complexes often yield crystals too small or too thin for even the modern synchrotron X-ray beam. Electron crystallography could provide a powerful means for structure determination with such undersized crystals, as protein atoms diffract electrons four to five orders of magnitude more strongly than they do X-rays. Furthermore, as electron crystallography yields Coulomb potential maps rather than electron density maps, it could provide a unique method to visualize the charged states of amino acid residues and metals. Here we describe an attempt to develop a methodology for electron crystallography of ultrathin (only a few layers thick) 3D protein crystals and present the Coulomb potential maps at 3.4-Å and 3.2-Å resolution, respectively, obtained from Ca(2+)-ATPase and catalase crystals. These maps demonstrate that it is indeed possible to build atomic models from such crystals and even to determine the charged states of amino acid residues in the Ca(2+)-binding sites of Ca(2+)-ATPase and that of the iron atom in the heme in catalase.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 02/2015; DOI:10.1073/pnas.1500724112 · 9.81 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Aquaporin-0 (AQP0) is a lens-specific water channel that also forms membrane junctions. Reconstitution of AQP0 with dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) and E. coli polar lipids (EPL) yielded well-ordered, double-layered two-dimensional (2D) crystals that allowed electron crystallographic structure determination of the AQP0-mediated membrane junction. The interacting tetramers in the two crystalline layers are exactly in register, resulting in crystals with p422 symmetry. The high-resolution density maps also allowed modeling of the annular lipids surrounding the tetramers. Comparison of the DMPC and EPL bilayers suggested that the lipid head groups do not play an important role in the interaction of annu-lar lipids with AQP0. We now reconstituted AQP0 with the anionic lipid dimyristoyl phospha-tidylglycerol (DMPG), which yielded a mixture of 2D crystals with different symmetries. The different crystal symmetries result from shifts between the two crystalline layers, suggesting that the negatively charged PG head group destabilizes the interaction between the extra-cellular AQP0 surfaces. Reconstitution of AQP0 with dimyristoyl phosphatidylserine (DMPS), another anionic lipid, yielded crystals that had the usual p422 symmetry, but the crystals showed a pH-dependent tendency to stack through their cytoplasmic surfaces. Finally, AQP0 failed to reconstitute into membranes that were composed of more than 40% dimyristoyl phosphatidic acid (DMPA). Hence, although DMPG, DMPS, and DMPA are all negatively charged lipids, they have very different effects on AQP0 2D crystals, illustrating the importance of the specific lipid head group chemistry beyond its mere charge.PLoS ONE 01/2015; 10(1):e0117371. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0117371 · 3.53 Impact Factor