The Dimerization Mechanism of LIS1 and its Implication for Proteins Containing the LisH Motif

Laboratory of Protein Engineering, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Wroclaw, Tamka 2, 50-137 Wroclaw, Poland.
Journal of Molecular Biology (Impact Factor: 4.33). 04/2006; 357(2):621-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2006.01.002
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Miller-Dieker lissencephaly, or "smooth-brain" is a debilitating genetic developmental syndrome of the cerebral cortex, and is linked to mutations in the Lis1 gene. The LIS1 protein contains a so-called LisH motif at the N terminus, followed by a coiled-coil region and a seven WD-40 repeat forming beta-propeller structure. In vivo and in vitro, LIS1 is a dimer, and the dimerization is mediated by the N-terminal fragment and is essential for the protein's biological function. The recently determined crystal structure of the murine LIS1 N-terminal fragment encompassing residues 1-86 (N-LIS1) revealed that the LisH motif forms a tightly associated homodimer with a four-helix antiparallel bundle core, while the parallel coiled-coil situated downstream is stabilized by three canonical heptad repeats. This homodimer is uniquely asymmetric because of a distinct kink in one of the helices. Because the LisH motif is widespread among many proteins, some of which are implicated in human diseases, we investigated in detail the mechanism of N-LIS1 dimerization. We found that dimerization is dependent on both the LisH motif and the residues downstream of it, including the first few turns of the helix. We also have found that the coiled-coil does not contribute to dimerization, but instead is very labile and can adopt both supercoiled and helical conformations. These observations suggest that the presence of the LisH motif alone is not sufficient for high-affinity homodimerization and that other structural elements are likely to play an important role in this large family of proteins. The observed lability of the coiled-coil fragment in LIS1 is most likely of functional importance.

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    • "After an unstructured loop, the C-terminal region folds into a beta propeller domain, composed by seven WD40 repeats. Experimental evidence indicates that the LisH domain is essential for in vivo homodimerization (Kim et al., 2004; Mateja et al., 2006), and contains a binding site for known LIS1 protein interactors, such as Nde1 (Derewenda et al., 2007). Both the LisH domain and the coiled-coil motif are known structural mediators of protein–protein interactions and mass spectrometry evidence indicates that the LisH domain and its flanking regions in LIS1 are rich in post-translational modifications (PTMs), suggesting functional regulation (http://www.phosphosite "
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    • "Next is the SPRY domain (spore lysis A and the ryanodine receptor), which is further differentiated into less conserved region, PRY followed by the highly conserved SPRY domain [4]. The LisH (Lissencephaly type-1 like homology) domain has been implicated in protein dimerization or oligomerization [5], [6]. The CTLH (C-terminal to LisH) domain function is unknown. "
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    • "LIS1 is a protein which regulates dynein (dynein I/MAP1C) motor activity under high-load transport conditions by interacting with the motor domain and affecting the coordination of multiple dynein complexes [16]. The LisH domain, which mediates oligomerization [17], is the second most common neighbor for the WD40 domain; however, a general functional classification has not been assigned to proteins with this particular domain architecture [15]. "
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