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    Structure and function of PspA and Vipp1 N-terminal peptides: Insights into the membrane stress sensing and mitigation

    McDonald, C. and Jovanovic, G. and Wallace, Bonnie A. and Ces, O. and Buck, M. (2017) Structure and function of PspA and Vipp1 N-terminal peptides: Insights into the membrane stress sensing and mitigation. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes 1859 (1), pp. 28-39. ISSN 0005-2736.

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    The phage shock protein (Psp) response maintains integrity of the inner membrane (IM) in response to extracytoplasmic stress conditions and is widely distributed amongst enterobacteria. Its central component PspA, a member of the IM30 peripheral membrane protein family, acts as a major effector of the system through its direct association with the IM. Under non-stress conditions PspA also negatively regulates its own expression via direct interaction with the AAA + ATPase PspF. PspA has a counterpart in cyanobacteria called Vipp1, which is implicated in protection of the thylakoid membranes. PspA's and Vipp1's conserved N-terminal regions contain a putative amphipathic helix a (AHa) required for membrane binding. An adjacent amphipathic helix b (AHb) in PspA is required for imposing negative control upon PspF. Here, purified peptides derived from the putative AH regions of PspA and Vipp1 were used to directly probe their effector and regulatory functions. We observed direct membrane-binding of AHa derived peptides and an accompanying change in secondary structure from unstructured to alpha-helical establishing them as bona fide membrane-sensing AH's. The peptide-binding specificities and their effects on membrane stability depend on membrane anionic lipid content and stored curvature elastic stress, in agreement with full length PspA and Vipp1 protein functionalities. AHb of PspA inhibited the ATPase activity of PspF demonstrating its direct regulatory role. These findings provide new insight into the membrane binding and function of PspA and Vipp1 and establish that synthetic peptides can be used to probe the structure-function of the IM30 protein family.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Anionic lipids, Stored curvature elastic stress, Peripheral membrane protein, Amphipathic helix conformation, Membrane structure
    School: School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Bioinformatics, Bloomsbury Centre for (Closed), Structural Molecular Biology, Institute of (ISMB)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 11:59
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 06:24


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