4TO4: Structure basis of cellular dNTP regulation, SAMHD1-GTP-dGTP-dCTP complex

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. (2014) 111 p.E4305-E4314
The sterile alpha motif and HD domain-containing protein 1 (SAMHD1), a dNTPase, prevents the infection of nondividing cells by retroviruses, including HIV, by depleting the cellular dNTP pool available for viral reverse transcription. SAMHD1 is a major regulator of cellular dNTP levels in mammalian cells. Mutations in SAMHD1 are associated with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and the autoimmune condition Aicardi Goutieres syndrome (AGS). The dNTPase activity of SAMHD1 can be regulated by dGTP, with which SAMHD1 assembles into catalytically active tetramers. Here we present extensive biochemical and structural data that reveal an exquisite activation mechanism of SAMHD1 via combined action of both GTP and dNTPs. We obtained 26 crystal structures of SAMHD1 in complex with different combinations of GTP and dNTP mixtures, which depict the full spectrum of GTP/dNTP binding at the eight allosteric and four catalytic sites of the SAMHD1 tetramer. Our data demonstrate how SAMHD1 is activated by binding of GTP or dGTP at allosteric site 1 and a dNTP of any type at allosteric site 2. Our enzymatic assays further reveal a robust regulatory mechanism of SAMHD1 activity, which bares resemblance to that of the ribonuclease reductase responsible for cellular dNTP production. These results establish a complete framework for a mechanistic understanding of the important functions of SAMHD1 in the regulation of cellular dNTP levels, as well as in HIV restriction and the pathogenesis of CLL and AGS.
PDB ID: 4TO4Download
MMDB ID: 123966
PDB Deposition Date: 2014/6/5
Updated in MMDB: 2017/12
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 2.1  Å
Source Organism:
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Biological Unit for 4TO4: tetrameric; determined by author and by software (PISA)
Molecular Components in 4TO4
Label Count Molecule
Proteins (4 molecules)
Deoxynucleoside Triphosphate Triphosphohydrolase Samhd1(Gene symbol: SAMHD1)
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (20 molecules)
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