Phosphorylation-dependent Conformational Transition of the Cardiac Specific N-Extension of Troponin I in Cardiac Troponin

Department of Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Journal of Molecular Biology (Impact Factor: 4.33). 11/2007; 373(3):706-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2007.08.035
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We present here the solution structure for the bisphosphorylated form of the cardiac N-extension of troponin I (cTnI(1-32)), a region for which there are no previous high-resolution data. Using this structure, the X-ray crystal structure of the cardiac troponin core, and uniform density models of the troponin components derived from neutron contrast variation data, we built atomic models for troponin that show the conformational transition in cardiac troponin induced by bisphosphorylation. In the absence of phosphorylation, our NMR data and sequence analyses indicate a less structured cardiac N-extension with a propensity for a helical region surrounding the phosphorylation motif, followed by a helical C-terminal region (residues 25-30). In this conformation, TnI(1-32) interacts with the N-lobe of cardiac troponin C (cTnC) and thus is positioned to modulate myofilament Ca2+-sensitivity. Bisphosphorylation at Ser23/24 extends the C-terminal helix (residues 21-30) which results in weakening interactions with the N-lobe of cTnC and a re-positioning of the acidic amino terminus of cTnI(1-32) for favorable interactions with basic regions, likely the inhibitory region of cTnI. An extended poly(L-proline)II helix between residues 11 and 19 serves as the rigid linker that aids in re-positioning the amino terminus of cTnI(1-32) upon bisphosphorylation at Ser23/24. We propose that it is these electrostatic interactions between the acidic amino terminus of cTnI(1-32) and the basic inhibitory region of troponin I that induces a bending of cTnI at the end that interacts with cTnC. This model provides a molecular mechanism for the observed changes in cross-bridge kinetics upon TnI phosphorylation.

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    • "This affects the cTnC interaction with both the regulatory Ca2+ and the TnI switch peptide (144–160) (Li et al., 2008). When TnI is unphosphorylated there is a weak ionic bond between the N terminal and the regulatory Ca2+-binding EF hand of TnC (Howarth et al., 2007). When Ser 22 and 23 are phosphorylated the binding is further weakened (Keane et al., 1990; Ferrieres et al., 2000; Ward et al., 2004a,b; Baryshnikova et al., 2008). "
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    • ", and cTnI N-term model from NMR structure (2JPW.pdb) from Howarth and colleagues [39], overimposed in a front view. (B) Models from (A) in a 90Њ axis rotation. "
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    • "In 2009, Carballo, et al.[91] reported that the mutations of K36Q and N185K of cTnI cause DCM in an autosomal dominant manner. K36Q has been shown to mediate the movement of the N-terminal region in cTnI upon phosphorylation of S22/23 by cAMP- dependent protein kinase.[95] Functional studies of K36Q and N185K have revealed that these DCM mutations of cTnI decrease the maximum activity and Ca2+-sensitivity of actin-myosin S1 ATPase and significantly reduce the Ca2+ binding affinity of the regulatory site of cTnC in the thin filament. "
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