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The membrane interaction of dynorphin A depends on lipid head-group charge
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2713-7731
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
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Abstract [en]

The influence of lipid bicelles on the dynamics of the opioid peptide DynA has been investigated by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. DynA exerts its opioid effects mainly through interactions with the κ subtype of the opioid receptors, but has also been demonstrated to have direct interactions with membranes. Among other properties, it has been shown that the peptide causes membrane disruption and may penetrate bilayers. Despite the fact that DynA appears to bind tightly to model lipid bilayers, no structure induction has been observed. To further study the effect of membrane interactions we have here therefore measured the fast local dynamics of DynA specifically labeled with 15N in three backbone amide sites (Gly2, Leu5 and Leu12) in fast-tumbling bicelles, both with and without the incorporation of the negatively charged dimyristoylglycerol. We also examined the amide exchange in the two bicelles. We find that despite the fact that DynA is largely unstructured in both types of bicelles, the peptide has restricted backbone dynamics, which depends on the presence of negatively charged lipids. Moreover we see that the lipid dependence is not uniform throughout the sequence, but is most noticeable for Leu5, which precedes an unusually basic stretch of amino acid residues. The findings indicate that this basic sequence may be of significance for bilayer recognition. Finally, we note that the dynamical behavior of the peptide is much more influenced by the lipid surroundings than what the structural properties are.

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Biophysics
Research subject
Biophysics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-107825DiVA: diva2:750689
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-09-30
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1. The opioid peptide dynorphin A: Biophysical studies of peptide–receptor and peptide–membrane interactions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The opioid peptide dynorphin A: Biophysical studies of peptide–receptor and peptide–membrane interactions
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The work presented in this thesis concerns the opioid peptide dynorphin A (DynA). DynA functions primarily as a neurotransmitter and belongs to the family of typical opioid peptides. These peptides are a part of the opioid system, together with the opioid receptors, a family of GPCR membrane proteins. The opioid system system is involved or implicated in several physiological processes such as analgesia, addiction, depression and other types of neurological disorders. In this thesis, two biologically relevant aspects of DynA have been investigated with biophysical methods. First, interactions between DynA and an opioid receptor, and second, the direct membrane interactions of DynA.

The DynA–receptor studies were focused on the selectivity-modulating second extracellular loop (EL2) of the kappa-opioid receptor (KOR). A protein engineering approach was used in which the EL2 was grafted onto a soluble protein scaffold. The results show that DynA binds with low affinity but high specificity to EL2 in the construct protein environment. The strength of the interaction is in the micromolar range, and we argue that this interaction is part of the receptor recognition event.

With bicelles as a mimetic, membrane interactions were probed for wild-type DynA and for two DynA peptide variants linked to a neurological disorder. R6W–DynA and L5S–DynA were shown to be very different in terms of bicelle association, penetration and structure induction. In these experiments, as well as in investigations of DynA dynamics in bicelles, the lipid environment was shown to have much larger effects on peptide dynamics than on structure; and both these properties depend on lipid charge.

Additionally, in a methodological project, DHPC/DMPC bicelle morphology as a function of total PC concentration was characterised by diffusion NMR in combination with two-way decomposition. The results may contribute to providing guidelines for the appropriate use of bicelles as a membrane mimetic.

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Stockholm: Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, 2014. 72 p.
Keyword
dynorphin A, opioid receptor, neuropeptide, bicelles, NMR, diffusion, decomposition
National Category
Biophysics
Research subject
Biophysics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107766 (URN)978-91-7649-011-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-10-31, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 5: Manuscript.

Available from: 2014-10-09 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-13Bibliographically approved

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