Structural Characterization of a Unique Interface between Carbohydrate Response Element-binding Protein (ChREBP) and 14-3-3 Protein

UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 10/2012; 287(50). DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M112.418855
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Carbohydrate response element-binding protein (ChREBP) is an insulin-independent, glucose-responsive transcription factor
that is expressed at high levels in liver hepatocytes where it plays a critical role in converting excess carbohydrates to
fat for storage. In response to fluctuating glucose levels, hepatic ChREBP activity is regulated in large part by nucleocytoplasmic
shuttling of ChREBP protein via interactions with 14-3-3 proteins. The N-terminal ChREBP regulatory region is necessary and
sufficient for glucose-responsive ChREBP nuclear import and export. Here, we report the crystal structure of a complex of
14-3-3β bound to the N-terminal regulatory region of ChREBP at 2.4 Å resolution. The crystal structure revealed that the α2
helix of ChREBP (residues 117–137) adopts a well defined α-helical conformation and binds 14-3-3 in a phosphorylation-independent
manner that is different from all previously characterized 14-3-3 and target protein-binding modes. ChREBP α2 interacts with
14-3-3 through both electrostatic and van der Waals interactions, and the binding is partially mediated by a free sulfate
or phosphate. Structure-based mutagenesis and binding assays indicated that disrupting the observed 14-3-3 and ChREBP α2 interface
resulted in a loss of complex formation, thus validating the novel protein interaction mode in the 14-3-3β·ChREBP α2 complex.

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