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Eur J Biochem. 1999 Oct 1;265(1):481-90.

Involvement of EF hand motifs in the Ca(2+)-dependent binding of the pleckstrin homology domain to phosphoinositides.

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Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.


The pleckstrin homology (PH) domains of phospholipase C (PLC)-delta1 and a related catalytically inactive protein, p130, both bind inositol phosphates and inositol lipids. The binding to phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PtdIns(4,5)P2] by PLC-delta1 is proposed to be the critical interaction required for membrane localization to where the substrate resides; it is also required for the Ca(2+)-dependent activation of PLC-delta1 observed in the permeabilized cells. In the proximity of the PH domain, both PLC-delta1 and p130 possess the EF-hand domain, containing classical motifs implicated in calcium binding. Therefore, in the present study we examined whether the binding of the PH domain to PtdIns(4,5)P2 is regulated by changes in free Ca2+ concentration within the physiological range. A Ca2+ dependent increase in the binding to PtdIns(4,5)P2 was observed with a full-length PLC-delta1, while the isolated PH domain did not show any Ca2+ dependence. However, the connection of the EF-hand motifs to the PH domain restored the Ca2+ dependent increase in binding, even in the absence of the C2 domain. The p130 protein showed similar properties to PLC-delta1, and the EF-hand motifs were again required for the PH domain to exhibit a Ca2+ dependent increase in the binding to PtdIns(4,5)P2. The isolated PH domains from several other proteins which have been demonstrated to bind PtdIns(4,5)P2 showed no Ca2+ dependent enhancement of binding. However, when present within a chimera also containing PLC-delta1 EF-hand motifs, the Ca2+ dependent binding was again observed. These results suggest that the binding of Ca2+ to the EF-hand motifs can modulate binding to PtdIns(4,5)P2 mediated by the PH domain.

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