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[en] The X-ray crystallographic structure of a dimer variant of fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate aldolase demonstrates a stable oligomer that mirrors half of the native tetramer. The presence of product demonstrates that this is an active form. Fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate aldolase (aldolase) is an essential enzyme in glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. In addition to this primary function, aldolase is also known to bind to a variety of other proteins, a property that may allow it to perform ‘moonlighting’ roles in the cell. Although monomeric and dimeric aldolases possess full catalytic activity, the enzyme occurs as an unusually stable tetramer, suggesting a possible link between the oligomeric state and these noncatalytic cellular roles. Here, the first high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of rabbit muscle D128V aldolase, a dimeric form of aldolase mimicking the clinically important D128G mutation in humans associated with hemolytic anemia, is presented. The structure of the dimer was determined to 1.7 Å resolution with the product DHAP bound in the active site. The turnover of substrate to produce the product ligand demonstrates the retention of catalytic activity by the dimeric aldolase. The D128V mutation causes aldolase to lose intermolecular contacts with the neighboring subunit at one of the two interfaces of the tetramer. The tertiary structure of the dimer does not significantly differ from the structure of half of the tetramer. Analytical ultracentrifugation confirms the occurrence of the enzyme as a dimer in solution. The highly stable structure of aldolase with an independent active site is consistent with a model in which aldolase has evolved as a multimeric scaffold to perform other noncatalytic functions
[en] Encodable lanthanide binding tags (LBTs) have become an attractive tool in modern structural biology as they can be expressed as fusion proteins of targets of choice. Previously, we have demonstrated the feasibility of inserting encodable LBTs into loop positions of interleukin-1β (Barthelmes et al. in J Am Chem Soc 133:808–819, 2011). Here, we investigate the differences in fast dynamics of selected loop-LBT interleukin-1β constructs by measuring 15N nuclear spin relaxation experiments. We show that the loop-LBT does not significantly alter the dynamic motions of the host protein in the sub-τc-timescale and that the loop-LBT adopts a rigid conformation with significantly reduced dynamics compared to the terminally attached encodable LBT leading to increased paramagnetic alignment strength. We further analyze residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) obtained by loop-LBTs and additional liquid crystalline media to assess the applicability of the loop-LBT approach for RDC-based methods to determine structure and dynamics of proteins, including supra-τc dynamics. Using orthogonalized linear combinations (OLCs) of RDCs and Saupe matrices, we show that the combined use of encodable LBTs and external alignment media yields up to five linear independent alignments.
[en] We recently engineered encodable lanthanide binding tags (LBTs) into proteins and demonstrated their applicability in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography and luminescence studies. Here, we engineered two-loop-LBTs into the model protein interleukin-1β (IL1β) and measured "1H, "1"5N-pseudocontact shifts (PCSs) by NMR spectroscopy. We determined the Δχ-tensors associated with each Tm"3"+-loaded loop-LBT and show that the experimental PCSs yield structural information at the interface between the two metal ion centers at atomic resolution. Such information is very valuable for the determination of the sites of interfaces in protein–protein-complexes. Combining the experimental PCSs of the two-loop-LBT construct IL1β-S2R2 and the respective single-loop-LBT constructs IL1β-S2, IL1β-R2 we additionally determined the distance between the metal ion centers. Further, we explore the use of two-loop LBTs loaded with Gd"3"+ as a novel tool for distance determination by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy and show the NMR-derived distances to be remarkably consistent with distances derived from Pulsed Electron–Electron Dipolar Resonance