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EMBO J. 2002 Oct 1;21(19):5057-68.

Binding of the PX domain of p47(phox) to phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphate and phosphatidic acid is masked by an intramolecular interaction.

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MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QH, UK.


p47(phox) is a key cytosolic subunit required for activation of phagocyte NADPH oxidase. The X-ray structure of the p47(phox) PX domain revealed two distinct basic pockets on the membrane-binding surface, each occupied by a sulfate. These two pockets have different specificities: one preferentially binds phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphate [PtdIns(3,4)P(2)] and is analogous to the phophatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PtdIns3P)-binding pocket of p40(phox), while the other binds anionic phospholipids such as phosphatidic acid (PtdOH) or phosphatidylserine. The preference of this second site for PtdOH may be related to previously observed activation of NADPH oxidase by PtdOH. Simultaneous occupancy of the two phospholipid-binding pockets radically increases membrane affinity. Strikingly, measurements for full-length p47(phox) show that membrane interaction by the PX domain is masked by an intramolecular association with the C-terminal SH3 domain (C-SH3). Either a site-specific mutation in C-SH3 (W263R) or a mimic of the phosphorylated form of p47(phox) [Ser(303, 304, 328, 359, 370)Glu] cause a transition from a closed to an open conformation that binds membranes with a greater affinity than the isolated PX domain.

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