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Modeling Escherichia coli signal peptidase complex with bound substrate: Determinants in mature peptide influencing signal peptide cleavage Khar Heng Choo.

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1 Modeling Escherichia coli signal peptidase complex with bound substrate: Determinants in mature peptide influencing signal peptide cleavage Khar Heng Choo & Joo Chuan Tong (I2R) Shoba Ranganathan Professor and Chair – Bioinformatics Adjunct Professor Biotechnology Research InstituteDept. of Biochemistry Macquarie University National University of Singapore Sydney, Australia Singapore (

2 Discovered by Günter Blobel in the 1970s and was awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1999 for his discovery that “Proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell” Protein targeting

3 Stefan Maetschke, U Queensland Mitochondria Endoplasmic reticulum DNA mRNA translation transcription SP cTP mTP other Cytosol Cell Nucleus Legend : SP : Signal peptide mTP : mitochondrial targeting peptide cTP : chloroplast targeting peptide Secreted protein Transmembrane protein Chloroplast Endo- plasmic reticulum Polypeptide (Protein) SP Secreted protein Protein targeting

4 4 signal peptide mature protein cleavage site N-terminusC-terminus MAVMAPRTLVLLLSGALALTQTWAGSHSMRYFSTSVSRPGRGEPRFIAVGY... Signal peptide characteristics P1-P1’

5 Introduction  Type I signal peptidases (SPases) are essential membrane-bound serine proteases responsible for the cleavage of signal peptides from proteins that are translocated across biological membranes – an example of a highly secreted E. coli protein is the periplasmic dithiol oxidase (DsbA)  Crystal structure of SPase in complex with signal peptide not solved  Substrate-binding site and binding specificities remain poorly understood

6 Our aims  To develop a structure-based model for E. coli periplasmic dithiol oxidase (DsbA) 13-25 (P7- P6’: H 2 N-LAFSASAΔAQYEDG-COOH) in complex with its endogenous type I SPase  To understand how the peptide modeled in this study could be used to understand the observed E. coli repertoire of secreted signals, compiled by our manually curated signal peptide database.

7 Data : Sequences & Structures  107 experimentally validated E. coli type I SPase peptide substrates extracted from the manually curated signal peptide database (SPdb) at ( Choo, Tan and Ranganathan, BMC Bioinformatics 2005, 6:249)  Redundancy reduction at 80% using CD-HIT (Li and Godzik, Bioinformatics 2006, 22:1658-1659)  E. coli type I SPase-bound β-lactam (1B12) and lipopeptide (1T7D) inhibitors were retrieved from the Protein Data Bank (PDB)

8 What do we know?  We have the structures of two inhibitor peptides at the active site of SPase I: these peptides mimic the transition state structure of the bound signal peptide to the signal peptidase.  These inhibitors also occupy positions that are complementary, with little overlap.  Determinants in the sequence of the mature protein affect signal peptide processing and secretion.

9 Methodology  Thread DsbA P7 to P1' positions against the solved structures of β-lactam and lipopeptide inhibitors  Flexible docking using biased Monte Carlo approach incorporated in ICM (Abagyan et al., J. Comp. Chem. 1994, 15:488-506) for evaluation of the electrostatic solvation energy for P2’ to P6’ P7P3P2P1’P2’P6’

10 Methodology (cont.)  Structures relaxed using ICM software package conjugate gradient minimization.  In each iteration, new conformations for P2’ to P6’ were selected based on the Metropolis criterion with a temperature of 5000K. The simulation was terminated after 20,000 energy evaluations.  Intermolecular hydrogen bonds was calculated using HBPLUS (McDonald and Thornton, J.Mol. Biol. 1994, 238:777-793).

11 Superimposition of DsbA 13-25 precursor protein with lipopeptide and β-lactam inhibitors lipopeptide (blue) β-lactam (yellow) DsbA 13-25 (red)

12 Results  13 enzyme subsites S7 to S6’ were identified within the SPase substrate binding site that might be critical to catalysis  Narrow clefts at S3, S2, S1 and S1’ play direct roles in the high specificity of the signal peptide residues  Larger clefts at S3’ and S4’ may be responsible for the specificity of the mature moieties.

13 Results

14 DsbA 13-25 precursor protein is bound to E. coli type I SPase with a pronounced twist between positions P3 and P1’ Signal peptideMature peptide

15 Results (cont.)  Our model suggests that the enzyme- substrate contact points extend all the way from P7 to P6’ of the DsbA precursor protein.  Other models described earlier only focused on the P3-P1’ segment and did not analyze in full the different substrate binding pockets on either side of the scissile bond.

16 Results (cont.)  The S2 subsite has the deepest cavity  can accommodate residues with large side chains  appears to play an important role in substrate specificity of E. coli type I SPase  formerly proposed as the S1 by Paetzel et al., largely overlaps with the S1 subsite due to a pronounced twist in the P3 to P1’ binding conformation

17 Results (cont.)  In contrast to the analysis by Paetzel et al.(2002), our model reveals that the Ser18 (P2) side chain is not solvent exposed but is completely buried.  Disparity between our model and Paetzel et al. may be attributable to the selection of different template structures where the structures of the covalently bound peptide inhibitor complex and the analogous enzyme LexA were used to guide the P1 and P3 to P6 positions.

18 Results (cont.)  The conformation of P3' and P4' allow their corresponding side-chains to extend into a large cavity (S3'/S4' subsites)  medium or large residues are preferred at these two positions for favorable interactions  medium or large residues both at P3’ (81%) and at P4’ (90%) positions

19 Sequence logo of AAs size at different positions for the precursor proteins of 107 experimentally verified E. coli signal sequences from SPdb Signal peptideMature peptide small: green; medium: blue; large: red P3 P1 P1’

20 Results (cont.)  Most residues are tolerated at the +1 (P1’) position of the mature moiety, with the exception of the large hydrophobes, Ile, Met and Trp and Pro, and Arg  Pro is avoided as the rigid positioning of its backbone hinders docking interactions with SPase at positions P2’ to P6’

21 Conclusions  This is the first report on the modeling of a precursor protein into the entire SPase binding site  Our model provides insights into the binding conformation of signal peptides and the substrate- binding site of E. coli SPase I  SPdb data suggests that signal and mature moieties should be considered in the development of predictive tools

22 Acknowledgements  Khar Heng Choo  Joo Chuan Tong  Dept. of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore  InCoB organizers

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