Title

Structural basis of family-wide Rab GTPase recognition by rabenosyn-5

UMMS Affiliation

Program in Molecular Medicine

Publication Date

7-22-2005

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Amino Acid Sequence; Animals; Binding Sites; Humans; Hydrogen Bonding; Membrane Proteins; Mice; Models, Molecular; Molecular Sequence Data; Mutation; Protein Structure, Tertiary; Substrate Specificity; Surface Plasmon Resonance; Vesicular Transport Proteins; rab GTP-Binding Proteins

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Rab GTPases regulate all stages of membrane trafficking, including vesicle budding, cargo sorting, transport, tethering and fusion. In the inactive (GDP-bound) conformation, accessory factors facilitate the targeting of Rab GTPases to intracellular compartments. After nucleotide exchange to the active (GTP-bound) conformation, Rab GTPases interact with functionally diverse effectors including lipid kinases, motor proteins and tethering complexes. How effectors distinguish between homologous Rab GTPases represents an unresolved problem with respect to the specificity of vesicular trafficking. Using a structural proteomic approach, we have determined the specificity and structural basis underlying the interaction of the multivalent effector rabenosyn-5 with the Rab family. The results demonstrate that even the structurally similar effector domains in rabenosyn-5 can achieve highly selective recognition of distinct subsets of Rab GTPases exclusively through interactions with the switch and interswitch regions. The observed specificity is determined at a family-wide level by structural diversity in the active conformation, which governs the spatial disposition of critical conserved recognition determinants, and by a small number of both positive and negative sequence determinants that allow further discrimination between Rab GTPases with similar switch conformations.

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Citation: Nature. 2005 Jul 21;436(7049):415-9. Link to article on publisher's site

DOI of Published Version

10.1038/nature03798

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Journal/Book/Conference Title

Nature

PubMed ID

16034420