5H9K: Crystal Of A Leukotriene-binding Salivary Lipocalin

Blood-feeding disease vectors mitigate the negative effects of hemostasis and inflammation through the binding of small-molecule agonists of these processes by salivary proteins. In this study, a lipocalin protein family member (LTBP1) from the saliva of Rhodnius prolixus, a vector of the pathogen Trypanosoma cruzi, is shown to sequester cysteinyl leukotrienes during feeding to inhibit immediate inflammatory responses. Calorimetric binding experiments showed that LTBP1 binds leukotrienes C4 (LTC4), D4 (LTD4), and E4 (LTE4) but not biogenic amines, adenosine diphosphate, or other eicosanoid compounds. Crystal structures of ligand-free LTBP1 and its complexes with LTC4 and LTD4 reveal a conformational change during binding that brings Tyr114 into close contact with the ligand. LTC4 is cleaved in the complex, leaving free glutathione and a C20 fatty acid. Chromatographic analysis of bound ligands showed only intact LTC4, suggesting that cleavage could be radiation-mediated.
PDB ID: 5H9KDownload
MMDB ID: 139168
PDB Deposition Date: 2015/12/28
Updated in MMDB: 2016/08
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 1.35  Å
Source Organism:
Similar Structures:
Biological Unit for 5H9K: monomeric; determined by author and by software (PISA)
Molecular Components in 5H9K
Label Count Molecule
Protein (1 molecule)
Lipocalin Ai-4
Molecule annotation
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