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Solid-state NMR, electrophysiology and molecular dynamics characterization of human VDAC2
Gattin(*), Z., Schneider(*), R., Laukat(*), Y., Giller(*), K., Maier(*), E., Zweckstetter(*), M., Griesinger(*), C., Benz(*), R., Becker(*), S.; Lange, A.
J. Biomol. NMR, 61:311-320

Tags: Molecular Biophysics (Lange, A.)

Abstract: The voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is the most abundant protein of the outer mitochondrial membrane and constitutes the major pathway for the transport of ADP, ATP, and other metabolites. In this multidisciplinary study we combined solid-state NMR, electrophysiology, and molecular dynamics simulations, to study the structure of the human VDAC isoform 2 in a lipid bilayer environment. We find that the structure of hVDAC2 is similar to the structure of hVDAC1, in line with recent investigations on zfVDAC2. However, hVDAC2 appears to exhibit an increased conformational heterogeneity compared to hVDAC1 which is reflected in broader solid-state NMR spectra and less defined electrophysiological profiles.

Hybrid Structure of the Type 1 Pilus of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli
Habenstein(*), B., Loquet(*), A., Hwang, S., Giller(*), K., Vasa(*), S. K., Becker(*), S., Habeck(*), M.; Lange, A.
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 54:11691-11695

Tags: Molecular Biophysics (Lange, A.)

Abstract: Type 1 pili are filamentous protein assemblies on the surface of Gram-negative bacteria that mediate adhesion to host cells during the infection process. The molecular structure of type 1 pili remains elusive on the atomic scale owing to their insolubility and noncrystallinity. Herein we describe an approach for hybrid-structure determination that is based on data from solution-state NMR spectroscopy on the soluble subunit and solid-state NMR spectroscopy and STEM data on the assembled pilus. Our approach is based on iterative modeling driven by structural information extracted from different sources and provides a general tool to access pseudo atomic structures of protein assemblies with complex subunit folds. By using this methodology, we determined the local conformation of the FimA pilus subunit in the context of the assembled type 1 pilus, determined the exact helical pilus architecture, and elucidated the intermolecular interfaces contributing to pilus assembly and stability with atomic detail.

Atomic-resolution structure of cytoskeletal bactofilin by solid-state NMR
Shi, C., Fricke, P., Lin(*), L., Chevelkov, V., Wegstroth(*), M., Giller(*), K., Becker(*), S., Thanbichler(*), M.; Lange, A.
Sci Adv, 1:e1501087

Tags: Molecular Biophysics (Lange, A.)

Abstract: Bactofilins are a recently discovered class of cytoskeletal proteins of which no atomic-resolution structure has been reported thus far. The bacterial cytoskeleton plays an essential role in a wide range of processes, including morphogenesis, cell division, and motility. Among the cytoskeletal proteins, the bactofilins are bacteria-specific and do not have a eukaryotic counterpart. The bactofilin BacA of the species Caulobacter crescentus is not amenable to study by x-ray crystallography or solution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) because of its inherent noncrystallinity and insolubility. We present the atomic structure of BacA calculated from solid-state NMR-derived distance restraints. We show that the core domain of BacA forms a right-handed beta helix with six windings and a triangular hydrophobic core. The BacA structure was determined to 1.0 A precision (heavy-atom root mean square deviation) on the basis of unambiguous restraints derived from four-dimensional (4D) HN-HN and 2D C-C NMR spectra.

Plasma proteomic analysis of active and torpid greater mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis)
Hecht(*), A. M., Braun(*), B. C., Krause, E., Voigt(*), C. C., Greenwood(*), A. D.; Czirjak(*), G. A.
Sci Rep, 5:16604

Tags: Mass Spectrometry (Krause, E.)

Abstract: Hibernation is a physiological adaptation to overcome extreme environmental conditions. It is characterized by prolonged periods of torpor interrupted by temporary arousals during winter. During torpor, body functions are suppressed and restored rapidly to almost pre-hibernation levels during arousal. Although molecular studies have been performed on hibernating rodents and bears, it is unclear how generalizable the results are among hibernating species with different physiology such as bats. As targeted blood proteomic analysis are lacking in small hibernators, we investigated the general plasma proteomic profile of European Myotis myotis and hibernation associated changes between torpid and active individuals by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Results revealed an alternation of proteins involved in transport, fuel switching, innate immunity and blood coagulation between the two physiological states. The results suggest that metabolic changes during hibernation are associated with plasma proteomic changes. Further characterization of the proteomic plasma profile identified transport proteins, coagulation proteins and complement factors and detected a high abundance of alpha-fetoprotein. We were able to establish for the first time a basic myotid bat plasma proteomic profile and further demonstrated a modulated protein expression during torpor in Myotis myotis, indicating both novel physiological pathways in bats in general, and during hibernation in particular.

Clostridium difficile toxin B inhibits the secretory response of human mast cell line-1 (HMC-1) cells stimulated with high free-Ca(2)(+) and GTPgammaS
Balletta(*), A., Lorenz, D., Rummel(*), A., Gerhard(*), R., Bigalke(*), H.; Wegner(*), F.
Toxicology, 328:48-56

Tags: Cellular Imaging (Wiesner)

Abstract: Clostridium difficile toxins A and B (TcdA and TcdB) belong to the class of large clostridial cytotoxins and inactivate by glucosylation some low molecular mass GTPases of the Rho-family (predominantly Rho, Rac and Cdc42), known as regulators of the actin cytoskeleton. TcdA and B also represent the main virulence factors of the anaerobic gram-positive bacterium that is the causal agent of pseudomembranous colitis. In our study, TcdB was chosen instead of TcdA for the well-known higher cytotoxic potency. Inactivation of Rho-family GTPases by this toxin in our experimental conditions induced morphological changes and reduction of electron-dense mast cell-specific granules in human mast cell line-1 (HMC-1) cells, but not cell death or permeabilisation of plasma-membranes. Previously reported patch-clamp dialysis experiments revealed that high intracellular free-Ca(2+) and GTPgammaS concentrations are capable of inducing exocytosis as indicated by significant membrane capacitance (Cm) increases in HMC-1 cells. In this study, we investigated the direct effects of TcdB upon HMC-1 cell "stimulated" Cm increase, as well as on "constitutive" secretion of hexosaminidase and interleukin-16 (IL-16). Compared to untreated control cells, HMC-1 cells incubated with TcdB for 3-24h exhibited a significant reduction of the mean absolute and relative Cm increase in response to free-Ca(2+) and GTPgammaS suggesting an inhibition of secretory processes by TcdB. In conclusion, the HMC-1 cell line represents a suitable model for the study of direct effects of C. difficile toxins on human mast cell secretory activity.

SEPT9 negatively regulates ubiquitin-dependent downregulation of EGFR
Diesenberg, K., Beerbaum, M., Fink, U., Schmieder, P.; Krauss, M.
J Cell Sci, 128:397-407

Tags: Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology (Haucke), Solution NMR (Schmieder)

Abstract: Septins constitute a family of GTP-binding proteins that are involved in a variety of biological processes. Several isoforms have been implicated in disease, but the molecular mechanisms underlying pathogenesis are poorly understood. Here, we show that depletion of SEPT9 decreases surface levels of epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs) by enhancing receptor degradation. We identify a consensus motif within the SEPT9 N-terminal domain that supports its association with the adaptor protein CIN85 (also known as SH3KBP1). We further show CIN85-SEPT9 to be localized exclusively to the plasma membrane, where SEPT9 is recruited to EGF-engaged receptors in a CIN85-dependent manner. Finally, we demonstrate that SEPT9 negatively regulates EGFR degradation by preventing the association of the ubiquitin ligase Cbl with CIN85, resulting in reduced EGFR ubiquitylation. Taken together, these data provide a mechanistic explanation of how SEPT9, though acting exclusively at the plasma membrane, impairs the sorting of EGFRs into the degradative pathway.

Vesicle uncoating regulated by SH3-SH3 domain-mediated complex formation between endophilin and intersectin at synapses
Pechstein, A., Gerth(*), F., Milosevic(*), I., Jäpel, M., Eichhorn-Grünig, M., Vorontsova(*), O., Bacetic, J., Maritzen, T., Shupliakov(*), O., Freund(*), C.; Haucke, V.
Embo Rep, 16:232-239

Tags: Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology (Haucke), Membrane Traffic and Cell Motility (Maritzen)

Abstract: Neurotransmission involves the exo-endocytic cycling of synaptic vesicle (SV) membranes. Endocytic membrane retrieval and clathrin-mediated SV reformation require curvature-sensing and membrane-bending BAR domain proteins such as endophilin A. While their ability to sense and stabilize curved membranes facilitates membrane recruitment of BAR domain proteins, the precise mechanisms by which they are targeted to specific sites of SV recycling has remained unclear. Here, we demonstrate that the multi-domain scaffold intersectin 1 directly associates with endophilin A to facilitate vesicle uncoating at synapses. Knockout mice deficient in intersectin 1 accumulate clathrin-coated vesicles at synapses, a phenotype akin to loss of endophilin function. Intersectin 1/endophilin A1 complex formation is mediated by direct binding of the SH3B domain of intersectin to a non-canonical site on the SH3 domain of endophilin A1. Consistent with this, intersectin-binding defective mutant endophilin A1 fails to rescue clathrin accumulation at neuronal synapses derived from endophilin A1-3 triple knockout (TKO) mice. Our data support a model in which intersectin aids endophilin A recruitment to sites of clathrin-mediated SV recycling, thereby facilitating vesicle uncoating.

Theta oscillations regulate the speed of locomotion via a hippocampus to lateral septum pathway
Bender, F., Gorbati, M., Cadavieco, M. C., Denisova, N., Gao, X., Holman, C., Korotkova, T.; Ponomarenko, A.
Nat Commun, 6:8521

Tags: Behavioral Neurodynamics (Korotkova/Ponomarenko)

Abstract: Hippocampal theta oscillations support encoding of an animal's position during spatial navigation, yet longstanding questions about their impact on locomotion remain unanswered. Combining optogenetic control of hippocampal theta oscillations with electrophysiological recordings in mice, we show that hippocampal theta oscillations regulate locomotion. In particular, we demonstrate that their regularity underlies more stable and slower running speeds during exploration. More regular theta oscillations are accompanied by more regular theta-rhythmic spiking output of pyramidal cells. Theta oscillations are coordinated between the hippocampus and its main subcortical output, the lateral septum (LS). Chemo- or optogenetic inhibition of this pathway reveals its necessity for the hippocampal regulation of running speed. Moreover, theta-rhythmic stimulation of LS projections to the lateral hypothalamus replicates the reduction of running speed induced by more regular hippocampal theta oscillations. These results suggest that changes in hippocampal theta synchronization are translated into rapid adjustment of running speed via the LS.

Multifunctional reagents for quantitative proteome-wide analysis of protein modification in human cells and dynamic profiling of protein lipidation during vertebrate development
Broncel(*), M., Serwa(*), R. A., Ciepla(*), P., Krause, E., Dallman(*), M. J., Magee(*), A. I.; Tate(*), E. W.
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 54:5948-5951

Tags: Mass Spectrometry (Krause, E.)

Abstract: Novel multifunctional reagents were applied in combination with a lipid probe for affinity enrichment of myristoylated proteins and direct detection of lipid-modified tryptic peptides by mass spectrometry. This method enables high-confidence identification of the myristoylated proteome on an unprecedented scale in cell culture, and allowed the first quantitative analysis of dynamic changes in protein lipidation during vertebrate embryonic development.

Myristoylation profiling in human cells and zebrafish
Broncel(*), M., Serwa(*), R. A., Ciepla(*), P., Krause, E., Dallman(*), M. J., Magee(*), A. I.; Tate(*), E. W.
Data Brief, 4:379-383

Tags: Mass Spectrometry (Krause, E.)

Abstract: Human cells (HEK 293, HeLa, MCF-7) and zebrafish embryos were metabolically tagged with an alkynyl myristic acid probe, lysed with an SDS buffer and tagged proteomes ligated to multifunctional capture reagents via copper-catalyzed alkyne azide cycloaddition (CuAAC). This allowed for affinity enrichment and high-confidence identification, by delivering direct MS/MS evidence for the modification site, of 87 and 61 co-translationally myristoylated proteins in human cells and zebrafish, respectively. The data have been deposited to ProteomeXchange Consortium (Vizcaino et al., 2014 Nat. Biotechnol., 32, 223-6) (PXD001863 and PXD001876) and are described in detail in Multifunctional reagents for quantitative proteome-wide analysis of protein modification in human cells and dynamic protein lipidation during vertebrate development by Broncel et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

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