1SK3: Crystal Structure Of The C-Terminal Peptidoglycan-Binding Domain Of Human Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein Ialpha

Peptidoglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs) are pattern recognition receptors of the innate immune system that bind, and in some cases hydrolyze, peptidoglycans (PGNs) on bacterial cell walls. These molecules, which are highly conserved from insects to mammals, participate in host defense against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. We report the crystal structure of the C-terminal PGN-binding domain of human PGRP-Ialpha in two oligomeric states, monomer and dimer, to resolutions of 2.80 and 1.65 A, respectively. In contrast to PGRPs with PGN-lytic amidase activity, no zinc ion is present in the PGN-binding site of human PGRP-Ialpha. The structure reveals that PGRPs exhibit extensive topological variability in a large hydrophobic groove, located opposite the PGN-binding site, which may recognize host effector proteins or microbial ligands other than PGN. We also show that full-length PGRP-Ialpha comprises two tandem PGN-binding domains. These domains differ at most potential PGN-contacting positions, implying different fine specificities. Dimerization of PGRP-Ialpha, which occurs through three-dimensional domain swapping, is mediated by specific binding of sodium ions to a flexible hinge loop, stabilizing the conformation found in the dimer. We further demonstrate sodium-dependent dimerization of PGRP-Ialpha in solution, suggesting a possible mechanism for modulating PGRP activity through the formation of multivalent adducts.
PDB ID: 1SK3Download
MMDB ID: 28574
PDB Deposition Date: 2004/3/4
Updated in MMDB: 2007/10
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 2.8  Å
Source Organism:
Similar Structures:
Biological Unit for 1SK3: monomeric; determined by author
Molecular Components in 1SK3
Label Count Molecule
Protein (1 molecule)
Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein I-alpha(Gene symbol: PGLYRP3)
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (3 molecules)
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