Serendipitous Discovery and X-Ray Structure of a Human Phosphate Binding Apolipoprotein

University of Strasbourg, Strasburg, Alsace, France
Structure (Impact Factor: 5.62). 04/2006; 14(3):601-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.str.2005.12.012
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We report the serendipitous discovery of a human plasma phosphate binding protein (HPBP). This 38 kDa protein is copurified with the enzyme paraoxonase. Its X-ray structure is similar to the prokaryotic phosphate solute binding proteins (SBPs) associated with ATP binding cassette transmembrane transporters, though phosphate-SBPs have never been characterized or predicted from nucleic acid databases in eukaryotes. However, HPBP belongs to the family of ubiquitous eukaryotic proteins named DING, meaning that phosphate-SBPs are also widespread in eukaryotes. The systematic absence of complete genes for eukaryotic phosphate-SBP from databases is intriguing, but the astonishing 90% sequence conservation between genes belonging to evolutionary distant species suggests that the corresponding proteins play an important function. HPBP is the only known transporter capable of binding phosphate ions in human plasma and may become a new predictor of or a potential therapeutic agent for phosphate-related diseases such as atherosclerosis.

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    • "The detailed information referring to the isolation and purification of X-DING-CD4, HPBP and pDING was previously reported [4], [7], [10], [34]. PfluDING protein was used in the form of a site-specific mutation (S32G), altering one of the phosphate-binding residues, and resulting in a protein purified by the same method as the wild-type protein [34]. "
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    • "Despite the isolation of a number of DING proteins that inhibit HIV-1 replication, their lack of known gene sequences has been a hindrance to research. The full amino acid sequence of HPBP has been identified from the crystal structure and mass spectrometry [19] but attempts to produce the recombinant protein through the use of synthetic genes have been unsuccessful due to insolubility. "
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    • "La capacité des protéines DING à fixer le phosphate a été clairement démontrée [6] [31], mais les liens entre cette capacité et les propriétés biologiques des protéines DING restent encore méconnus, même s'il semble que l'activité phosphatase de p27 sj et ses conséquences sur le cycle cellulaire y sont probablement liées [23]. L'affinité pour le phosphate de PfluDING et de HPBP a été évaluée respectivement à environ 1 μM [20] et à une valeur sub-micromolaire [6], des affinités similaires à celles des phosphate-SBP bactériennes [30] [32]. "
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