The APOBEC-2 crystal structure and functional implications for the deaminase AID

ArticleinNature 445(7126):447-51 · February 2007with16 Reads
DOI: 10.1038/nature05492 · Source: PubMed
APOBEC-2 (APO2) belongs to the family of apolipoprotein B messenger RNA-editing enzyme catalytic (APOBEC) polypeptides, which deaminates mRNA and single-stranded DNA. Different APOBEC members use the same deamination activity to achieve diverse human biological functions. Deamination by an APOBEC protein called activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is critical for generating high-affinity antibodies, and deamination by APOBEC-3 proteins can inhibit retrotransposons and the replication of retroviruses such as human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus. Here we report the crystal structure of APO2. APO2 forms a rod-shaped tetramer that differs markedly from the square-shaped tetramer of the free nucleotide cytidine deaminase, with which APOBEC proteins share considerable sequence homology. In APO2, two long alpha-helices of a monomer structure prevent the formation of a square-shaped tetramer and facilitate formation of the rod-shaped tetramer via head-to-head interactions of two APO2 dimers. Extensive sequence homology among APOBEC family members allows us to test APO2 structure-based predictions using AID. We show that AID deamination activity is impaired by mutations predicted to interfere with oligomerization and substrate access. The structure suggests how mutations in patients with hyper-IgM-2 syndrome inactivate AID, resulting in defective antibody maturation.
    • "The structure of the deaminase domain of hADAR2 has been solved by X-ray crystallography [41]. This C-terminal 45 kDa domain comprises of 400 residues which form a globular structure similar to the deaminase domain found in other CDA family members42434445. This core deaminase motif consists of two α-helices (α2 and α5) and four β-strands (β1, β2, β5, and β8) [41]. "
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    • "Several X-ray crystallographic or NMR-based structures of the catalytic domain of A3G are available [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]. NMR-based structures of A3A [23] and X-ray crystal structures of A3F [24] and APOBEC2 [25] provide insights into the structure– function relationships in this family of proteins. "
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    • "Co-immunoprecipitation and cross-linking studies indicated that the Y124 and W127 residues were important for A3G's ability to bind to RNA and to form oligomers in an RNA-dependent manner. Consistent with the models of dimer interaction [42,45,218], it has been shown that A3G, A3F, and A3DE form homodimers and heterodimers in cells [166,196]. We used a bimolecular fluorescence complementation system to investigate A3G oligomerization and RNA binding in situ and found that wild-type A3G molecules oligomerized and reconstituted fluorescence, while RNA-binding defective mutants of A3G were monomeric and failed to reconstitute fluorescence [221]. "
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