Bulkiness or aromatic nature of tyrosine-143 of actin is important for the weak binding between F-actin and myosin-ADP-phosphate

Yuki Gomibuchi, Taro Q.P. Uyeda, Takeyuki Wakabayashi

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Abstract

Actin filaments (F-actin) interact with myosin and activate its ATPase to support force generation. By comparing crystal structures of G-actin and the quasi-atomic model of F-actin based on high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy, the tyrosine-143 was found to be exposed more than 60Å2 to the solvent in F-actin. Because tyrosine-143 flanks the hydrophobic cleft near the hydrophobic helix that binds to myosin, the mutant actins, of which the tyrosine-143 was replaced with tryptophan, phenylalanine, or isoleucine, were generated using the Dictyostelium expression system. It polymerized significantly poorly when induced by NaCl, but almost normally by KCl. In the presence of phalloidin and KCl, the extents of the polymerization of all the mutant actins were comparable to that of the wild-type actin so that the actin-activated myosin ATPase activity could be reliably compared. The affinity of skeletal heavy meromyosin to F-actin and the maximum ATPase activity (Vmax) were estimated by a double reciprocal plot. The Tyr143Trp-actin showed the higher affinity (smaller Kapp) than that of the wild-type actin, with the Vmax being almost unchanged. The Kapp and Vmax of the Tyr143Phe-actin were similar to those of the wild-type actin. However, the activation by Tyr143Ile-actin was much smaller than the wild-type actin and the accurate determination of Kapp was difficult. Comparison of the myosin ATPase activated by the various mutant actins at the same concentration of F-actin showed that the extent of activation correlates well with the solvent-accessible surface areas (ASA) of the replaced amino acid molecule. Because 1/Kapp reflects the affinity of F-actin for the myosin-ADP-phosphate intermediate (M.ADP.Pi) through the weak binding, these data suggest that the bulkiness or the aromatic nature of the tyrosin-143 is important for the initial binding of the M.ADP.Pi intermediate with F-actin but not for later processes such as the phosphate release.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-848
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume441
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 29
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Actin
  • Actin polymerizability
  • Actin-activated myosin ATPase
  • Aromatic nature
  • Bulkiness
  • Dictyostelium actin
  • Weak interaction between actin and myosin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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