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3Q2Y: Crystal Structure of BmrR bound to ethidium
Structural contributions to multidrug recognition in the multidrug resistance (MDR) gene regulator, BmrR
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. (2011) 108 p.11046-11051
Current views of multidrug (MD) recognition focus on large drug-binding cavities with flexible elements. However, MD recognition in BmrR is supported by a small, rigid drug-binding pocket. Here, a detailed description of MD binding by the noncanonical BmrR protein is offered through the combined use of X-ray and solution studies. Low shape complementarity, suboptimal packing, and efficient burial of a diverse set of ligands is facilitated by an aromatic docking platform formed by a set of conformationally fixed aromatic residues, hydrophobic pincer pair that locks the different drug structures on the adaptable platform surface, and a trio of acidic residues that enables cation selectivity without much regard to ligand structure. Within the binding pocket is a set of BmrR-derived H-bonding donor and acceptors that solvate a wide range of ligand polar substituent arrangements in a manner analogous to aqueous solvent. Energetic analyses of MD binding by BmrR are consistent with structural data. A common binding orientation for the different BmrR ligands is in line with promiscuous allosteric regulation.