Nickel binding to NikA: An additional binding site reconciles spectroscopy, calorimetry and crystallography

Article (PDF Available)inActa Crystallographica Section D Biological Crystallography 63(Pt 2):221-9 · March 2007with20 Reads
DOI: 10.1107/S0907444906048712 · Source: PubMed
Intracellular nickel is required by Escherichia coli as a cofactor for a number of enzymes and is necessary for anaerobic respiration. However, high concentrations of nickel are toxic, so both import and export systems have evolved to control the cellular level of the metal. The nik operon in E. coli encodes a nickel-uptake system that includes the periplasmic nickel-binding protein NikA. The crystal structures of wild-type NikA both bound to nickel and in the apo form have been solved previously. The liganded structure appeared to show an unusual interaction between the nickel and the protein in which no direct bonds are formed. The highly unusual nickel coordination suggested by the crystal structure contrasted strongly with earlier X-ray spectroscopic studies. The known nickel-binding site has been probed by extensive mutagenesis and isothermal titration calorimetry and it has been found that even large numbers of disruptive mutations appear to have little effect on the nickel affinity. The crystal structure of a binding-site mutant with nickel bound has been solved and it is found that nickel is bound to two histidine residues at a position distant from the previously characterized binding site. This novel site immediately resolves the conflict between the crystal structures and other biophysical analyses. The physiological relevance of the two binding sites is discussed.
Time evolutions of F
dihedral angle of Tyr127 in the MD simulations of unliganded
(upper panel) and liganded NikA (lower panel).
    • "6a and b, respectively). If the binding of EDTA to Ni 2+ ions is significantly tighter than nickel binding to Nd, then the nickel–EDTA complex binding constant can be measured (Addy et al., 2007). We found that EDTA binds nickel in the Nd solution extremely tightly and fitting of the data gave a dissociation constant of around 200 nM (Table 5). "
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    • "This shows that none of the key residues known from the crystal structure of NikA to be involved in binding the Ni–metallophore (BTC) is conserved in Cj1584, including His416, which forms the only direct protein–metal bond to the Ni in the metallophore itself (Cavazza et al., 2011). His56 and His442, which bind nickel ions at a site remote from the metallophore binding cleft in NikA (Addy et al., 2007), are also not conserved (Fig. S1a). Given the obvious differences from NikA in both binding properties and lack of conservation of the key residues, we have designated Cj1584 as NikZ to distinguish it from NikA. "
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