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  • 1.
    Ge, Changrong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Property-controlling Enzymes at the Membrane Interface2011Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Monotopic proteins represent a specialized group of membrane proteins in that they are engaged in biochemical events taking place at the membrane interface. In particular, the monotopic lipid-synthesizing enzymes are able to synthesize amphiphilic lipid products by catalyzing two biochemically distinct molecules (substrates) at the membrane interface. Thus, from an evolutionary point of view, anchoring into the membrane interface enables monotopic enzymes to confer sensitivity to a changing environment by regulating their activities in the lipid biosynthetic pathways in order to maintain a certain membrane homeostasis. We are focused on a plant lipid-synthesizing enzyme DGD2 involved in phosphate shortage stress, and analyzed the potentially important lipid anchoring segments of it, by a set of biochemical and biophysical approaches. A mechanism was proposed to explain how DGD2 adjusts its activity to maintain a proper membrane. In addition, a multivariate-based bioinformatics approach was used to predict the lipid-binding segments for GT-B fold monotopic enzymes. In contrast, a soluble protein Myr1 from yeast, implicated in vesicular traffic, was also proposed to be a membrane stress sensor as it is able to exert different binding properties to stressed membranes, which is probably due to the presence of strongly plus-charged clusters in the protein. Moreover, a bacterial monotopic enzyme MGS was found to be able to induce massive amounts of intracellular vesicles in Escherichia coli cells. The mechanisms involve several steps: binding, bilayer lateral expansion, stimulation of lipid synthesis, and membrane bending. Proteolytic and mutant studies indicate that plus-charged residues and the scaffold-like structure of MGS are crucial for the vesiculation process. Hence, a number of features are involved governing the behaviour of monotopic membrane proteins at the lipid bilayer interface.

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    Szpryngiel, Scarlett
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Ge, Changrong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Lakovleva, Irina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Georgiev, Alexander
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Lind, Jesper
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Wieslander, Åke
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Mäler, Lena
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Lipid Interacting Regions in Phosphate Stress Glycosyltransferase atDGD2 from Arabidopsis thaliana2011In: Biochemistry, ISSN 0006-2960, E-ISSN 1520-4995, Vol. 50, no 21, p. 4451-4466Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Membrane lipid glycosyltransferases (GTs) in plants are enzymes that regulate the levels of the non-bilayer prone monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (GalDAG) and the bilayer-forming digalactosyldiacylglycerol (GalGalDAG). The relative amounts of these lipids affect membrane properties such as curvature and lateral stress. During phosphate shortage, phosphate is rescued by replacing phospholipids with GalGalDAG. The glycolsyltransferase enzyme in Arabidopsis thaliana responsible for this, atDGD2, senses the bilayer properties and interacts with the membrane in a monotopic manner. To understand the parameters that govern this interaction, we have identified several possible lipid-interacting sites in the protein and studied these by biophysical techniques. We have developed a multivariate discrimination algorithm that correctly predicts the regions in the protein that interact with lipids, and the interactions were confirmed by a variety of biophysical techniques. We show by bioinformatic methods and circular dichroism (CD), fluorescence, and NMR spectroscopic techniques that two regions are prone to interact with lipids in a surface-charge dependent way. Both of these regions contain Trp residues, but here charge appears to be the dominating feature governing the interaction. The sequence corresponding to residues 227–245 in the protein is seen to be able to adapt its structure according to the surface-charge density of a bilayer. All results indicate that this region interacts specifically with lipid molecules and that a second region in the protein, corresponding to residues 130–148, also interacts with the bilayer. On the basis of this, and sequence charge features in the immediate environment of S227–245, a response model for the interaction of atDGD2 with the membrane bilayer interface is proposed.

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