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4GJG: Crystal Structure of the Amino-terminal Domain of Human Cardiac Troponin C Mutant D2n/v28i/l29q/g30d (Niqd) in Complex With Cadmium
The structure of cardiac troponin C regulatory domain with bound Cd(2+) reveals a closed conformation and unique ion coordination
Acta Crystallogr. D Biol. Crystallogr. (2013) 69 p.722-734
The amino-terminal domain of cardiac troponin C (cNTnC) is an essential Ca(2+) sensor found in cardiomyocytes. It undergoes a conformational change upon Ca(2+) binding and transduces the signal to the rest of the troponin complex to initiate cardiac muscle contraction. Two classical EF-hand motifs (EF1 and EF2) are present in cNTnC. Under physiological conditions, only EF2 binds Ca(2+); EF1 is a vestigial site that has lost its function in binding Ca(2+) owing to amino-acid sequence changes during evolution. Proteins with EF-hand motifs are capable of binding divalent cations other than calcium. Here, the crystal structure of wild-type (WT) human cNTnC in complex with Cd(2+) is presented. The structure of Cd(2+)-bound cNTnC with the disease-related mutation L29Q, as well as a structure with the residue differences D2N, V28I, L29Q and G30D (NIQD), which have been shown to have functional importance in Ca(2+) sensing at lower temperatures in ectothermic species, have also been determined. The structures resemble the overall conformation of NMR structures of Ca(2+)-bound cNTnC, but differ significantly from a previous crystal structure of Cd(2+)-bound cNTnC in complex with deoxycholic acid. The subtle structural changes observed in the region near the mutations may play a role in the increased Ca(2+) affinity. The 1.4 A resolution WT cNTnC structure, which is the highest resolution structure yet obtained for cardiac troponin C, reveals a Cd(2+) ion coordinated in the canonical pentagonal bipyramidal geometry in EF2 despite three residues in the loop being disordered. A Cd(2+) ion found in the vestigial ion-binding site of EF1 is coordinated in a noncanonical `distorted' octahedral geometry. A comparison of the ion coordination observed within EF-hand-containing proteins for which structures have been solved in the presence of Cd(2+) is presented. A refolded WT cNTnC structure is also presented.