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Control of lysine reactivity in four-helix bundle proteins by site-selective pK(a) depression: Expanding the versatility of proteins by postsynthetic functionalisation
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Chem, S-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden Linkoping Univ, Dept Chem, S-58183 Linkoping, Sweden.
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Chem, S-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden Linkoping Univ, Dept Chem, S-58183 Linkoping, Sweden.
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2002 (English)In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, Vol. 8, no 16, 3687-3697 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Five 42-residue polypeptides have been designed to fold into hairpin helix-loop-helix motifs that dimerise to form four-helix bundles, and to serve as protein scaffolds for the elucidation at the molecular level of the principles that control and fine-tune lysine and ornithine reactivities in a protein context. Site-selective control of Lys and Orn reactivity provides a mechanism for addressing directly individual residues and is a prerequisite for the site-selective functionalisation of folded proteins. Several lysine and one ornithine residues were introduced on the surface and in the hydrophobic core of the folded motif. The reactivity of each residue was determined by measuring the degree of acylation of the trypsin cleaved fragments by HPLC and mass spectrometry. The most reactive residues were Orn34 and Lys19, both of which were located in d positions in the heptad repeat, and therefore in hydrophobic environments. Upon reaction of the helix-loop-helix dimer KA-I with one equivalent of mono-p-nitrophenyl fumarate, Orn34 was acylated approximately three times more efficiently than Lys19, whereas Lys10 (b position), Lys15 (g position), and Lys33 (c position) remained unmodified. In the sequence KA-I-A(15) Lys15 was replaced by an alanine residue and the selectivity of Orn34 over Lys19 increased to approximately a factor of six, probably because Lys15 had the capacity to reduce the pK(a) value of Lys19 and 85 % of site-selectively monoacylated product was obtained. The pH dependence of the acylation reaction was determined and showed that the pK(a) of the reactive residues were 9.3, more than a pK(a) unit below the magnitude of the corresponding residue in a solvent exposed position. Introducing Lys and Orn residues into a or d positions of the heptad repeat therefore serves as a mechanism of depressing their pKa to increase their reactivity site selectively. Extensive NMR and CD spectroscopic analyses showed that the sequences fold according to prediction.

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2002. Vol. 8, no 16, 3687-3697 p.
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de novo design, helical structures, lysine reactivity, peptides, site-selective functionalisation
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48787OAI: diva2:269683
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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