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Suramin blocks nucleotide triphosphate binding to ribosomal protein L3 from Trypanoplasma borreli
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2000 (English)In: European Journal of Biochemistry, ISSN 0014-2956, Vol. 267, no 6, 1723-1731 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Ribosomal protein L3 (L3) has been demonstrated to participate in formation of the peptidyltransferase center and is essential for its catalytic activity. In the present study we show that L3 is able to bind nucleotide triphosphates with high and specific affinity in vitro. L3 was serendipitously identified by screening of a genomic phage library from a primitive kinetoplastid flagellate Trypanoplasma borreli with the ATPase domain of the topoisomerase II gene as a probe. The cloned gene was overexpressed and purified as a his-tag fusion protein in E. coli. Radioligand binding experiments, using [?-35S]ATP, showed that L3 is able to bind ATP but also GTP and UTP with similar high affinity (IC50 50-100 nM), while it has no ATPase activity. Furthermore, we showed that L3 has more than 500-fold higher affinity for nucleotide triphosphates compared to the corresponding nucleotide monophosphates and diphosphates. Molecular genetic and biochemical analyses allowed us to localize the NTP binding domain of L3 to the N-terminal 296 residues. Suramin, a polysulfonated naphthylamine derivative of urea, known for its chemotherapeutic effects completely inhibited the binding of [?-35S]ATP at subclinical levels. Results obtained with surface plasmon resonance technology showed that suramin both forms weak multimolecular complexes with L3 and bind strongly to L3 in nearly stoichiometric amounts.

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2000. Vol. 267, no 6, 1723-1731 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27161DOI: 10.1046/j.1432-1327.2000.01169.xLocal ID: 11810OAI: diva2:247712
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2011-01-14

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