Unexplored Nucleotide Binding Modes for the ABC Exporter MsbA

Hundeep Kaur, Bárbara Abreu, Dmitry Akhmetzyanov, Andrea Lakatos-Karoly, Cláudio M. Soares, Thomas Prisner, Clemens Glaubitz

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The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter MsbA is an ATP-driven lipid-A flippase. It belongs to the ABC protein superfamily whose members are characterized by conserved motifs in their nucleotide binding domains (NBDs), which are responsible for ATP hydrolysis. Recently, it was found that MsbA could catalyze a reverse adenylate kinase (rAK)-like reaction in addition to ATP hydrolysis. Both reactions are connected and mediated by the same conserved NBD domains. Here, the structural foundations underlying the nucleotide binding to MsbA were therefore explored using a concerted approach based on conventional- and DNP-enhanced solid-state NMR, pulsed-EPR, and MD simulations. MsbA reconstituted into lipid bilayers was trapped in various catalytic states corresponding to intermediates of the coupled ATPase-rAK mechanism. The analysis of nucleotide-binding dependent chemical shift changes, and the detection of through-space contacts between bound nucleotides and MsbA within these states provides evidence for an additional nucleotide-binding site in close proximity to the Q-loop and the His-Switch. By replacing Mg2+ with Mn2+ and employing pulsed EPR spectroscopy, evidence is provided that this newly found nucleotide binding site does not interfere with the coordination of the required metal ion. Molecular dynamic (MD) simulations of nucleotide and metal binding required for the coupled ATPase-rAK mechanism have been used to corroborate these experimental findings and provide additional insight into nucleotide location, orientation, and possible binding modes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018


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