Effects of the N2144S mutation on backbone dynamics of a TB-cbEGF domain pair from human fibrillin-1

Yuan, X.M., Werner, J.M., Lack, J., Knott, V., Handford, P.A., Campbell, I.D. and Downing, A.K. (2002) Effects of the N2144S mutation on backbone dynamics of a TB-cbEGF domain pair from human fibrillin-1. Journal of Molecular Biology, 316, (1), 113-125. (doi:10.1006/jmbi.2001.5329).


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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jmbi.2001.5329


The calcium-binding epidermal growth factor-like (cbEGF) module and the transforming growth factor ?-binding protein-like (TB) module are the two major structural motifs found in fibrillin-1, the extracellular matrix (ECM) protein defective in the Marfan syndrome (MFS). An MFS-causing mutation, N2144S, which removes a calcium ligand in cbEGF32, does not detectably affect fibrillin-1 biosynthesis, rate of secretion, processing, or deposition of reducible fibrillin-1 into the ECM. Since the residue at position 2144 is normally engaged in calcium ligation, it is unable to mediate intermolecular interactions. We have shown previously that this mutation does not affect the folding properties of the TB or cbEGF domains in vitro, but does decrease calcium-binding in cbEGF and TB-cbEGF domain constructs. Here, we use NMR spectroscopy to probe the effects of the N2144S mutation on backbone dynamic properties of TB6-cbEGF32. Analysis of the backbone 15N relaxation data of wild-type TB6-cbEGF32 has revealed a flexible inter-domain linkage. Parallel dynamics analysis of the N2144S mutant has shown increased flexibility in the region joining the two domains as well as in the calcium-binding site at the N terminus of cbEGF32. This research demonstrates that a small change in peptide backbone flexibility, which does not enhance proteolytic susceptibility of the domain pair, is associated with an MFS phenotype. Flexibility of the TB-cbEGF linkage is likely to contribute to the biomechanical properties of fibrillin-rich connective tissue microfibrils, and may play a role in the microfibril assembly process.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1006/jmbi.2001.5329
ISSNs: 0022-2836 (print)
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Keywords: dynamics, fibrillin-1, Marfan syndrome, NMR, TB-cbEGF
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Biological Sciences
ePrint ID: 56734
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 February 2002Published
9 October 2001Submitted
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:37
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/56734

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