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Peptides. 2008 Dec;29(12):2083-9. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2008.08.019. Epub 2008 Sep 7.

Structure-activity studies of AtPep1, a plant peptide signal involved in the innate immune response.

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Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6340, USA. pearce@wsu.du

Abstract

AtPep1, a 23-amino acid peptide recently isolated from Arabidopsis leaves, induces the expression of the genes encoding defense proteins against pathogens. We investigated the structure-activity relationship of AtPep1 with its receptor, a 170 kDa leucine-rich repeat receptor kinase (AtPEPR1) by utilizing a suspension cell assay (the alkalinization assay). Binding of AtPep1 to AtPEPR1 on the cell surface is accompanied by an increase in the pH of Arabidopsis suspension cell media by 1 pH unit in 15 min with a half-maximal response of 0.25 nM. Sequential removal of N-terminal amino acids had little effect on activity until the peptide was reduced to 15 amino acids [AtPep1(9-23)], which decreased the activity by less than one order of magnitude. Activity was completely abolished when nine C-terminal amino acids remained. Removal of the C-terminal asparagine from AtPep1(9-23), resulted in a decrease in activity (12 max approximately 100 nM). AtPep1(9-23) was used for alanine-substitution analysis and revealed two important residues for activity, a serine, [A(15)]AtPep1(9-23) (12 max approximately 10nM), and a glycine, [A(17)]AtPep1(9-23) (12 max approximately 1000 nM). Neither [A(17)]AtPep1(9-23) nor the C-terminal truncated AtPep1, AtPep1(9-22), were able to compete with AtPep1(9-23) in the alkalinization assay. The importance of the glycine residue for binding to the AtPep receptor was also confirmed by competition assays using radiolabeled AtPep1. d-Alanine or 2-methylalanine substituted at the glycine position displayed only a slight decrease in activity whereas l- and d-proline substitution caused a loss of activity. Homologs of AtPep1 identified in Arabidopsis and other species revealed a strict conservation of the glycine residue.

PMID:
18824048
DOI:
10.1016/j.peptides.2008.08.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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