Structural characterisation of PinA WW domain and a comparison with other group IV WW domains, Pin1 and Ess1.

Abstract

The NMR solution structure of the PinA WW domain from Aspergillus nidulans is presented. The backbone of the PinA WW domain is composed of a triple-stranded anti-parallel beta-sheet and an alpha-helix similar to Ess1 and Pin1 without the alpha-helix linker. Large RMS deviations in Loop I were observed both from the NMR structures and molecular dynamics simulation suggest that the Loop I of PinA WW domain is flexible and solvent accessible, thus enabling it to bind the pS/pT-P motif. The WW domain in this structure are stabilised by a hydrophobic core. It is shown that the linker flexibility of PinA is restricted because of an alpha-helical structure in the linker region. The combination of NMR structural data and detailed Molecular Dynamics simulations enables a comprehensive structural and dynamic understanding of this protein.

DOI: 10.1016/j.bbapap.2008.04.026

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@article{Ng2008StructuralCO, title={Structural characterisation of PinA WW domain and a comparison with other group IV WW domains, Pin1 and Ess1.}, author={Chai Ann Ng and Yusuke Kato and Masaru Tanokura and Robert T. C. Brownlee}, journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta}, year={2008}, volume={1784 9}, pages={1208-14} }