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Science ; 370(6513): 171, 2020 10 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33033206
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 5080, 2020 10 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33033258

RESUMO

Natural transformation is the process by which bacteria take up genetic material from their environment and integrate it into their genome by homologous recombination. It represents one mode of horizontal gene transfer and contributes to the spread of traits like antibiotic resistance. In Vibrio cholerae, a type IVa pilus (T4aP) is thought to facilitate natural transformation by extending from the cell surface, binding to exogenous DNA, and retracting to thread this DNA through the outer membrane secretin, PilQ. Here, we use a functional tagged allele of VcPilQ purified from native V. cholerae cells to determine the cryoEM structure of the VcPilQ secretin in amphipol to ~2.7 Å. We use bioinformatics to examine the domain architecture and gene neighborhood of T4aP secretins in Proteobacteria in comparison with VcPilQ. This structure highlights differences in the architecture of the T4aP secretin from the type II and type III secretion system secretins. Based on our cryoEM structure, we design a series of mutants to reversibly regulate VcPilQ gate dynamics. These experiments support the idea of VcPilQ as a potential druggable target and provide insight into the channel that DNA likely traverses to promote the spread of antibiotic resistance via horizontal gene transfer by natural transformation.


Assuntos
Sistemas de Secreção Bacterianos/ultraestrutura , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Fímbrias Bacterianas/ultraestrutura , Secretina/química , Vibrio cholerae/metabolismo , Vibrio cholerae/ultraestrutura , Cisteína/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/ultraestrutura , Modelos Moleculares , Mutação/genética , Filogenia , Domínios Proteicos , Transformação Bacteriana
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4905, 2020 09 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999288

RESUMO

Transcription factor (TF) IIIC is a conserved eukaryotic six-subunit protein complex with dual function. It serves as a general TF for most RNA polymerase (Pol) III genes by recruiting TFIIIB, but it is also involved in chromatin organization and regulation of Pol II genes through interaction with CTCF and condensin II. Here, we report the structure of the S. cerevisiae TFIIIC subcomplex τA, which contains the most conserved subunits of TFIIIC and is responsible for recruitment of TFIIIB and transcription start site (TSS) selection at Pol III genes. We show that τA binding to its promoter is auto-inhibited by a disordered acidic tail of subunit τ95. We further provide a negative-stain reconstruction of τA bound to the TFIIIB subunits Brf1 and TBP. This shows that a ruler element in τA achieves positioning of TFIIIB upstream of the TSS, and suggests remodeling of the complex during assembly of TFIIIB by TFIIIC.


Assuntos
Regulação Fúngica da Expressão Gênica , RNA Polimerase III/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/ultraestrutura , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/ultraestrutura , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , DNA Fúngico/genética , DNA Fúngico/metabolismo , Genes Fúngicos/genética , Insetos , Domínios Proteicos , Multimerização Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/ultraestrutura , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição TFIIIB/genética , Fator de Transcrição TFIIIB/isolamento & purificação , Fator de Transcrição TFIIIB/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/genética , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/isolamento & purificação , Fatores de Transcrição TFIII/metabolismo , Sítio de Iniciação de Transcrição , Iniciação da Transcrição Genética
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Nature ; 586(7829): 457-462, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999458

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TASK2 (also known as KCNK5) channels generate pH-gated leak-type K+ currents to control cellular electrical excitability1-3. TASK2 is involved in the regulation of breathing by chemosensory neurons of the retrotrapezoid nucleus in the brainstem4-6 and pH homeostasis by kidney proximal tubule cells7,8. These roles depend on channel activation by intracellular and extracellular alkalization3,8,9, but the mechanistic basis for TASK2 gating by pH is unknown. Here we present cryo-electron microscopy structures of Mus musculus TASK2 in lipid nanodiscs in open and closed conformations. We identify two gates, distinct from previously observed K+ channel gates, controlled by stimuli on either side of the membrane. Intracellular gating involves lysine protonation on inner helices and the formation of a protein seal between the cytoplasm and the channel. Extracellular gating involves arginine protonation on the channel surface and correlated conformational changes that displace the K+-selectivity filter to render it nonconductive. These results explain how internal and external protons control intracellular and selectivity filter gates to modulate TASK2 activity.


Assuntos
Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Ativação do Canal Iônico , Canais de Potássio de Domínios Poros em Tandem/química , Canais de Potássio de Domínios Poros em Tandem/ultraestrutura , Potássio/metabolismo , Animais , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Camundongos , Modelos Moleculares , Canais de Potássio de Domínios Poros em Tandem/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos , Relação Estrutura-Atividade
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4955, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009385

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The light-harvesting-reaction center complex (LH1-RC) from the purple phototrophic bacterium Thiorhodovibrio strain 970 exhibits an LH1 absorption maximum at 960 nm, the most red-shifted absorption for any bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) a-containing species. Here we present a cryo-EM structure of the strain 970 LH1-RC complex at 2.82 Å resolution. The LH1 forms a closed ring structure composed of sixteen pairs of the αß-polypeptides. Sixteen Ca ions are present in the LH1 C-terminal domain and are coordinated by residues from the αß-polypeptides that are hydrogen-bonded to BChl a. The Ca2+-facilitated hydrogen-bonding network forms the structural basis of the unusual LH1 redshift. The structure also revealed the arrangement of multiple forms of α- and ß-polypeptides in an individual LH1 ring. Such organization indicates a mechanism of interplay between the expression and assembly of the LH1 complex that is regulated through interactions with the RC subunits inside.


Assuntos
Cálcio/metabolismo , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Complexos de Proteínas Captadores de Luz/ultraestrutura , Peptídeos/metabolismo , Fotossíntese , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Bacterioclorofila A/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação , Chromatiaceae/metabolismo , Detergentes/química , Dimerização , Complexos de Proteínas Captadores de Luz/química , Complexos de Proteínas Captadores de Luz/metabolismo , Lipídeos/química , Peptídeos/química , Quinonas/química
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4734, 2020 09 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948759

RESUMO

A primary reason for the intense interest in structural biology is the fact that knowledge of structure can elucidate macromolecular functions in living organisms. Sustained effort has resulted in an impressive arsenal of tools for determining the static structures. But under physiological conditions, macromolecules undergo continuous conformational changes, a subset of which are functionally important. Techniques for capturing the continuous conformational changes underlying function are essential for further progress. Here, we present chemically-detailed conformational movies of biological function, extracted data-analytically from experimental single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) snapshots of ryanodine receptor type 1 (RyR1), a calcium-activated calcium channel engaged in the binding of ligands. The functional motions differ substantially from those inferred from static structures in the nature of conformationally active structural domains, the sequence and extent of conformational motions, and the way allosteric signals are transduced within and between domains. Our approach highlights the importance of combining experiment, advanced data analysis, and molecular simulations.


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Agonistas dos Canais de Cálcio/química , Substâncias Macromoleculares/química , Canal de Liberação de Cálcio do Receptor de Rianodina/química , Sítios de Ligação , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Ligantes , Conformação Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Canal de Liberação de Cálcio do Receptor de Rianodina/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4795, 2020 09 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32963252

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Varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a member of the Alphaherpesvirinae subfamily, causes severe diseases in humans of all ages. The viral capsids play critical roles in herpesvirus infection, making them potential antiviral targets. Here, we present the 3.7-Å-resolution structure of the VZV A-capsid and define the molecular determinants underpinning the assembly of this complicated viral machinery. Overall, the VZV capsid has a similar architecture to that of other known herpesviruses. The major capsid protein (MCP) assembles into pentons and hexons, forming extensive intra- and inter-capsomer interaction networks that are further secured by the small capsid protein (SCP) and the heterotriplex. The structure reveals a pocket beneath the floor of MCP that could potentially be targeted by antiviral inhibitors. In addition, we identified two alphaherpesvirus-specific structural features in SCP and Tri1 proteins. These observations highlight the divergence of different herpesviruses and provide an important basis for developing antiviral drugs.


Assuntos
Proteínas do Capsídeo/química , Capsídeo/química , Microscopia Crioeletrônica/métodos , Herpesvirus Humano 3/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4580, 2020 09 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32917864

RESUMO

Proteasomal machinery performs essential regulated protein degradation in eukaryotes. Classic proteasomes are symmetric, with a regulatory ATPase docked at each end of the cylindrical 20S. Asymmetric complexes are also present in cells, either with a single ATPase or with an ATPase and non-ATPase at two opposite ends. The mechanism that populates these different proteasomal complexes is unknown. Using archaea homologs, we construct asymmetric forms of proteasomes. We demonstrate that the gate conformation of the two opposite ends of 20S are coupled: binding one ATPase opens a gate locally, and also opens the opposite gate allosterically. Such allosteric coupling leads to cooperative binding of proteasomal ATPases to 20S and promotes formation of proteasomes symmetrically configured with two identical ATPases. It may also promote formation of asymmetric complexes with an ATPase and a non-ATPase at opposite ends. We propose that in eukaryotes a similar mechanism regulates the composition of the proteasomal population.


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Archaea/metabolismo , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/química , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/metabolismo , Adenosina Trifosfatases/metabolismo , Archaea/genética , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Cinética , Modelos Moleculares , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/genética , Conformação Proteica , Thermoplasma/genética , Thermoplasma/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4667, 2020 09 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32938938

RESUMO

The pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC) is a multienzyme complex central to aerobic respiration, connecting glycolysis to mitochondrial oxidation of pyruvate. Similar to the E3-binding protein (E3BP) of mammalian PDC, PX selectively recruits E3 to the fungal PDC, but its divergent sequence suggests a distinct structural mechanism. Here, we report reconstructions of PDC from the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa by cryo-electron microscopy, where we find protein X (PX) interior to the PDC core as opposed to substituting E2 core subunits as in mammals. Steric occlusion limits PX binding, resulting in predominantly tetrahedral symmetry, explaining previous observations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The PX-binding site is conserved in (and specific to) fungi, and complements possible C-terminal binding motifs in PX that are absent in mammalian E3BP. Consideration of multiple symmetries thus reveals a differential structural basis for E3BP-like function in fungal PDC.


Assuntos
Proteínas Fúngicas/química , Neurospora crassa/química , Complexo Piruvato Desidrogenase/química , Sítios de Ligação , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Proteínas Fúngicas/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Complexo Piruvato Desidrogenase/genética , Complexo Piruvato Desidrogenase/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4420, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887876

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 enters host cells through an interaction between the spike glycoprotein and the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor. Directly preventing this interaction presents an attractive possibility for suppressing SARS-CoV-2 replication. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of an alpaca-derived single domain antibody fragment, Ty1, that specifically targets the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the SARS-CoV-2 spike, directly preventing ACE2 engagement. Ty1 binds the RBD with high affinity, occluding ACE2. A cryo-electron microscopy structure of the bound complex at 2.9 Å resolution reveals that Ty1 binds to an epitope on the RBD accessible in both the 'up' and 'down' conformations, sterically hindering RBD-ACE2 binding. While fusion to an Fc domain renders Ty1 extremely potent, Ty1 neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 spike pseudovirus as a 12.8 kDa nanobody, which can be expressed in high quantities in bacteria, presenting opportunities for manufacturing at scale. Ty1 is therefore an excellent candidate as an intervention against COVID-19.


Assuntos
Inibidores da Enzima Conversora de Angiotensina/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Camelídeos Americanos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/farmacologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/antagonistas & inibidores , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/farmacologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/química , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Epitopos/imunologia , Epitopos/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Masculino , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/química , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Ligação Proteica , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/imunologia , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/isolamento & purificação , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Células Vero
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 21(1): 399, 2020 Sep 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32907544

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Cryo-electron tomography is an important and powerful technique to explore the structure, abundance, and location of ultrastructure in a near-native state. It contains detailed information of all macromolecular complexes in a sample cell. However, due to the compact and crowded status, the missing edge effect, and low signal to noise ratio (SNR), it is extremely challenging to recover such information with existing image processing methods. Cryo-electron tomogram simulation is an effective solution to test and optimize the performance of the above image processing methods. The simulated images could be regarded as the labeled data which covers a wide range of macromolecular complexes and ultrastructure. To approximate the crowded cellular environment, it is very important to pack these heterogeneous structures as tightly as possible. Besides, simulating non-deformable and deformable components under a unified framework also need to be achieved. RESULT: In this paper, we proposed a unified framework for simulating crowded cryo-electron tomogram images including non-deformable macromolecular complexes and deformable ultrastructures. A macromolecule was approximated using multiple balls with fixed relative positions to reduce the vacuum volume. A ultrastructure, such as membrane and filament, was approximated using multiple balls with flexible relative positions so that this structure could deform under force field. In the experiment, 400 macromolecules of 20 representative types were packed into simulated cytoplasm by our framework, and numerical verification proved that our method has a smaller volume and higher compression ratio than the baseline single-ball model. We also packed filaments, membranes and macromolecules together, to obtain a simulated cryo-electron tomogram image with deformable structures. The simulated results are closer to the real Cryo-ET, making the analysis more difficult. The DOG particle picking method and the image segmentation method are tested on our simulation data, and the experimental results show that these methods still have much room for improvement. CONCLUSION: The proposed multi-ball model can achieve more crowded packaging results and contains richer elements with different properties to obtain more realistic cryo-electron tomogram simulation. This enables users to simulate cryo-electron tomogram images with non-deformable macromolecular complexes and deformable ultrastructures under a unified framework. To illustrate the advantages of our framework in improving the compression ratio, we calculated the volume of simulated macromolecular under our multi-ball method and traditional single-ball method. We also performed the packing experiment of filaments and membranes to demonstrate the simulation ability of deformable structures. Our method can be used to do a benchmark by generating large labeled cryo-ET dataset and evaluating existing image processing methods. Since the content of the simulated cryo-ET is more complex and crowded compared with previous ones, it will pose a greater challenge to existing image processing methods.


Assuntos
Citoplasma/ultraestrutura , Tomografia com Microscopia Eletrônica/métodos , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Algoritmos , Análise por Conglomerados , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Citoplasma/metabolismo , Processamento de Imagem Assistida por Computador , Substâncias Macromoleculares/química , Substâncias Macromoleculares/metabolismo , Razão Sinal-Ruído
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Nature ; 585(7824): 303-308, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32879488

RESUMO

Most general anaesthetics and classical benzodiazepine drugs act through positive modulation of γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptors to dampen neuronal activity in the brain1-5. However, direct structural information on the mechanisms of general anaesthetics at their physiological receptor sites is lacking. Here we present cryo-electron microscopy structures of GABAA receptors bound to intravenous anaesthetics, benzodiazepines and inhibitory modulators. These structures were solved in a lipidic environment and are complemented by electrophysiology and molecular dynamics simulations. Structures of GABAA receptors in complex with the anaesthetics phenobarbital, etomidate and propofol reveal both distinct and common transmembrane binding sites, which are shared in part by the benzodiazepine drug diazepam. Structures in which GABAA receptors are bound by benzodiazepine-site ligands identify an additional membrane binding site for diazepam and suggest an allosteric mechanism for anaesthetic reversal by flumazenil. This study provides a foundation for understanding how pharmacologically diverse and clinically essential drugs act through overlapping and distinct mechanisms to potentiate inhibitory signalling in the brain.


Assuntos
Anestésicos Gerais/química , Anestésicos Gerais/farmacologia , Barbitúricos/química , Barbitúricos/farmacologia , Benzodiazepinas/química , Benzodiazepinas/farmacologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Receptores de GABA-A/química , Regulação Alostérica/efeitos dos fármacos , Anestésicos Gerais/metabolismo , Barbitúricos/metabolismo , Benzodiazepinas/metabolismo , Bicuculina/química , Bicuculina/metabolismo , Bicuculina/farmacologia , Sítios de Ligação , Ligação Competitiva/efeitos dos fármacos , Diazepam/química , Diazepam/metabolismo , Diazepam/farmacologia , Eletrofisiologia , Etomidato/química , Etomidato/metabolismo , Etomidato/farmacologia , Flumazenil/farmacologia , Antagonistas de Receptores de GABA-A/química , Antagonistas de Receptores de GABA-A/metabolismo , Antagonistas de Receptores de GABA-A/farmacologia , Humanos , Ligantes , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Fenobarbital/química , Fenobarbital/metabolismo , Fenobarbital/farmacologia , Picrotoxina/química , Picrotoxina/metabolismo , Picrotoxina/farmacologia , Propofol/química , Propofol/metabolismo , Propofol/farmacologia , Receptores de GABA-A/metabolismo , Receptores de GABA-A/ultraestrutura , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/química , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/farmacologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4514, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908139

RESUMO

The velocity of nerve conduction is moderately enhanced by larger axonal diameters and potently sped up by myelination of axons. Myelination thus allows rapid impulse propagation with reduced axonal diameters; however, no myelin-dependent mechanism has been reported that restricts radial growth of axons. By label-free proteomics, STED-microscopy and cryo-immuno electron-microscopy we here identify CMTM6 (chemokine-like factor-like MARVEL-transmembrane domain-containing family member-6) as a myelin protein specifically localized to the Schwann cell membrane exposed to the axon. We find that disruption of Cmtm6-expression in Schwann cells causes a substantial increase of axonal diameters but does not impair myelin biogenesis, radial sorting or integrity of axons. Increased axonal diameters correlate with accelerated sensory nerve conduction and sensory responses and perturbed motor performance. These data show that Schwann cells utilize CMTM6 to restrict the radial growth of axons, which optimizes nerve function.


Assuntos
Axônios/metabolismo , Proteínas da Mielina/metabolismo , Nervos Periféricos/citologia , Células de Schwann/metabolismo , Células Receptoras Sensoriais/metabolismo , Animais , Axônios/ultraestrutura , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/ultraestrutura , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Bainha de Mielina/metabolismo , Condução Nervosa , Nervos Periféricos/metabolismo , Nervos Periféricos/ultraestrutura , Proteômica , Células de Schwann/citologia , Células de Schwann/ultraestrutura , Células Receptoras Sensoriais/citologia , Células Receptoras Sensoriais/ultraestrutura
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Mol Cell ; 79(6): 1024-1036.e5, 2020 09 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32871103

RESUMO

Bacterial ribosomal RNAs are synthesized by a dedicated, conserved transcription-elongation complex that transcribes at high rates, shields RNA polymerase from premature termination, and supports co-transcriptional RNA folding, modification, processing, and ribosomal subunit assembly by presently unknown mechanisms. We have determined cryo-electron microscopy structures of complete Escherichia coli ribosomal RNA transcription elongation complexes, comprising RNA polymerase; DNA; RNA bearing an N-utilization-site-like anti-termination element; Nus factors A, B, E, and G; inositol mono-phosphatase SuhB; and ribosomal protein S4. Our structures and structure-informed functional analyses show that fast transcription and anti-termination involve suppression of NusA-stabilized pausing, enhancement of NusG-mediated anti-backtracking, sequestration of the NusG C-terminal domain from termination factor ρ, and the ρ blockade. Strikingly, the factors form a composite RNA chaperone around the RNA polymerase RNA-exit tunnel, which supports co-transcriptional RNA folding and annealing of distal RNA regions. Our work reveals a polymerase/chaperone machine required for biosynthesis of functional ribosomes.


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RNA Polimerases Dirigidas por DNA/genética , Chaperonas Moleculares/genética , Proteínas Ribossômicas/genética , Ribossomos/genética , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/ultraestrutura , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/ultraestrutura , Monoéster Fosfórico Hidrolases/genética , Monoéster Fosfórico Hidrolases/ultraestrutura , Biossíntese de Proteínas/genética , Dobramento de RNA/genética , RNA Ribossômico/genética , RNA Ribossômico/ultraestrutura , Proteínas Ribossômicas/ultraestrutura , Ribossomos/ultraestrutura , Fatores de Elongação da Transcrição/química , Fatores de Elongação da Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Elongação da Transcrição/ultraestrutura
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4445, 2020 09 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32895380

RESUMO

Traditionally, molecular assembly pathways for viruses are inferred from high resolution structures of purified stable intermediates, low resolution images of cell sections and genetic approaches. Here, we directly visualise an unsuspected 'single shelled' intermediate for a mammalian orthoreovirus in cryo-preserved infected cells, by cryo-electron tomography of cellular lamellae. Particle classification and averaging yields structures to 5.6 Å resolution, sufficient to identify secondary structural elements and produce an atomic model of the intermediate, comprising 120 copies each of protein λ1 and σ2. This λ1 shell is 'collapsed' compared to the mature virions, with molecules pushed inwards at the icosahedral fivefolds by ~100 Å, reminiscent of the first assembly intermediate of certain prokaryotic dsRNA viruses. This supports the supposition that these viruses share a common ancestor, and suggests mechanisms for the assembly of viruses of the Reoviridae. Such methodology holds promise for dissecting the replication cycle of many viruses.


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Microscopia Crioeletrônica/métodos , Orthoreovirus/ultraestrutura , Animais , Capsídeo/ultraestrutura , Linhagem Celular , Tomografia com Microscopia Eletrônica/métodos , Vírion/ultraestrutura , Montagem de Vírus
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4421, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887891

RESUMO

Receptor usage that determines cell tropism and drives viral classification closely correlates with the virus structure. Enterovirus B (EV-B) consists of several subgroups according to receptor usage, among which echovirus 30 (E30), a leading causative agent for human aseptic meningitis, utilizes FcRn as an uncoating receptor. However, receptors for many EVs remain unknown. Here we analyzed the atomic structures of E30 mature virion, empty- and A-particles, which reveals serotype-specific epitopes and striking conformational differences between the subgroups within EV-Bs. Of these, the VP1 BC loop markedly distinguishes E30 from other EV-Bs, indicative of a role as a structural marker for EV-B. By obtaining cryo-electron microscopy structures of E30 in complex with its receptor FcRn and CD55 and comparing its homologs, we deciphered the underlying molecular basis for receptor recognition. Together with experimentally derived viral receptor identifications, we developed a structure-based in silico algorithm to inform a rational prediction for EV receptor usage.


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Complexo Antígeno-Anticorpo/ultraestrutura , Enterovirus Humano B/ultraestrutura , Antígenos Virais/ultraestrutura , Antígenos CD55/imunologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Enterovirus Humano B/imunologia , Epitopos/ultraestrutura , Humanos , Receptores Fc/imunologia , Vírion/ultraestrutura
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4419, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887892

RESUMO

Echovirus 30 (E30), a serotype of Enterovirus B (EV-B), recently emerged as a major causative agent of aseptic meningitis worldwide. E30 is particularly devastating in the neonatal population and currently no vaccine or antiviral therapy is available. Here we characterize two highly potent E30-specific monoclonal antibodies, 6C5 and 4B10, which efficiently block binding of the virus to its attachment receptor CD55 and uncoating receptor FcRn. Combinations of 6C5 and 4B10 augment the sum of their individual anti-viral activities. High-resolution structures of E30-6C5-Fab and E30-4B10-Fab define the location and nature of epitopes targeted by the antibodies. 6C5 and 4B10 engage the capsid loci at the north rim of the canyon and in-canyon, respectively. Notably, these regions exhibit antigenic variability across EV-Bs, highlighting challenges in development of broad-spectrum antibodies. Our structures of these neutralizing antibodies of E30 are instructive for development of vaccines and therapeutics against EV-B infections.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Neutralizantes/ultraestrutura , Complexo Antígeno-Anticorpo/ultraestrutura , Proteínas do Capsídeo/imunologia , Enterovirus Humano B/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Monoclonais/ultraestrutura , Antígenos Virais , Antígenos CD55/imunologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Epitopos/ultraestrutura , Humanos , Meningite Asséptica/virologia , Camundongos , Receptores Fc/imunologia , Sorogrupo
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Nature ; 585(7826): 609-613, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32939087

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Breaks in DNA strands recruit the protein PARP1 and its paralogue PARP2 to modify histones and other substrates through the addition of mono- and poly(ADP-ribose) (PAR)1-5. In the DNA damage responses, this post-translational modification occurs predominantly on serine residues6-8 and requires HPF1, an accessory factor that switches the amino acid specificity of PARP1 and PARP2 from aspartate or glutamate to serine9,10. Poly(ADP) ribosylation (PARylation) is important for subsequent chromatin decompaction and provides an anchor for the recruitment of downstream signalling and repair factors to the sites of DNA breaks2,11. Here, to understand the molecular mechanism by which PARP enzymes recognize DNA breaks within chromatin, we determined the cryo-electron-microscopic structure of human PARP2-HPF1 bound to a nucleosome. This showed that PARP2-HPF1 bridges two nucleosomes, with the broken DNA aligned in a position suitable for ligation, revealing the initial step in the repair of double-strand DNA breaks. The bridging induces structural changes in PARP2 that signal the recognition of a DNA break to the catalytic domain, which licenses HPF1 binding and PARP2 activation. Our data suggest that active PARP2 cycles through different conformational states to exchange NAD+ and substrate, which may enable PARP enzymes to act processively while bound to chromatin. The processes of PARP activation and the PARP catalytic cycle we describe can explain mechanisms of resistance to PARP inhibitors and will aid the development of better inhibitors as cancer treatments12-16.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Quebras de DNA de Cadeia Dupla , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Nucleossomos/metabolismo , Poli(ADP-Ribose) Polimerases/metabolismo , Biocatálise , Proteínas de Transporte/química , Proteínas de Transporte/ultraestrutura , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , DNA/metabolismo , Reparo do DNA , Ativação Enzimática , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , NAD/metabolismo , Proteínas Nucleares/química , Proteínas Nucleares/ultraestrutura , Nucleossomos/química , Nucleossomos/ultraestrutura , Poli(ADP-Ribose) Polimerases/química , Poli(ADP-Ribose) Polimerases/ultraestrutura , Domínios Proteicos
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Nature ; 586(7827): 151-155, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32968275

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CpG methylation by de novo DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) 3A and 3B is essential for mammalian development and differentiation and is frequently dysregulated in cancer1. These two DNMTs preferentially bind to nucleosomes, yet cannot methylate the DNA wrapped around the nucleosome core2, and they favour the methylation of linker DNA at positioned nucleosomes3,4. Here we present the cryo-electron microscopy structure of a ternary complex of catalytically competent DNMT3A2, the catalytically inactive accessory subunit DNMT3B3 and a nucleosome core particle flanked by linker DNA. The catalytic-like domain of the accessory DNMT3B3 binds to the acidic patch of the nucleosome core, which orients the binding of DNMT3A2 to the linker DNA. The steric constraints of this arrangement suggest that nucleosomal DNA must be moved relative to the nucleosome core for de novo methylation to occur.


Assuntos
Microscopia Crioeletrônica , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/química , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Nucleossomos/metabolismo , Animais , Biocatálise , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina , DNA/química , DNA/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA , Histonas/química , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Nucleossomos/química , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Xenopus/genética
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Emerg Microbes Infect ; 9(1): 2076-2090, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32897177

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The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was the result of the rapid transmission of a highly pathogenic coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), for which there is no efficacious vaccine or therapeutic. Toward the development of a vaccine, here we expressed and evaluated as potential candidates four versions of the spike (S) protein using an insect cell expression system: receptor binding domain (RBD), S1 subunit, the wild-type S ectodomain (S-WT), and the prefusion trimer-stabilized form (S-2P). We showed that RBD appears as a monomer in solution, whereas S1, S-WT, and S-2P associate as homotrimers with substantial glycosylation. Cryo-electron microscopy analyses suggested that S-2P assumes an identical trimer conformation as the similarly engineered S protein expressed in 293 mammalian cells but with reduced glycosylation. Overall, the four proteins confer excellent antigenicity with convalescent COVID-19 patient sera in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), yet show distinct reactivities in immunoblotting. RBD, S-WT and S-2P, but not S1, induce high neutralization titres (>3-log) in mice after a three-round immunization regimen. The high immunogenicity of S-2P could be maintained at the lowest dose (1 µg) with the inclusion of an aluminium adjuvant. Higher doses (20 µg) of S-2P can elicit high neutralization titres in non-human primates that exceed 40-times the mean titres measured in convalescent COVID-19 subjects. Our results suggest that the prefusion trimer-stabilized SARS-CoV-2 S-protein from insect cells may offer a potential candidate strategy for the development of a recombinant COVID-19 vaccine.


Assuntos
Antígenos Virais/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Imunogenicidade da Vacina/imunologia , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Linhagem Celular , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática , Humanos , Macaca fascicularis , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Testes de Neutralização , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Domínios Proteicos/imunologia , Células Sf9 , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Spodoptera , Vacinação , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/imunologia
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