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Crystal Structures of Botulinum Neurotoxin DC in Complex with Its Protein Receptors Synaptotagmin I and II
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
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2013 (English)In: Structure, ISSN 0969-2126, E-ISSN 1878-4186, Vol. 21, no 9, 1602-1611 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) can cause paralysis at exceptionally low concentrations and include seven serotypes (BoNT/A-G). The chimeric BoNT/DC toxin has a receptor binding domain similar to the same region in BoNT/C. However, BoNT/DC does not share protein receptor with BoNT/C. Instead, it shares synaptotagmin (Syt) I and II as receptors with BoNT/B, despite their low sequence similarity. Here, we present the crystal structures of the binding domain of BoNT/DC in complex with the recognition domains of its protein receptors, Syt-I and Syt-II. The structures reveal that BoNT/DC possesses a Syt binding site, distinct from the established Syt-II binding site in BoNT/B. Structure-based mutagenesis further shows that hydrophobic interactions play a key role in Syt binding. The structures suggest that the BoNT/DC ganglioside binding sites are independent of the protein receptor binding site. Our results reveal the remarkable versatility in the receptor recognition of the BoNTs.

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2013. Vol. 21, no 9, 1602-1611 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101499DOI: 10.1016/j.str.2013.06.026ISI: 000330268600016OAI: diva2:704369


Available from: 2014-03-12 Created: 2014-03-10 Last updated: 2014-03-12Bibliographically approved

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