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Structure. 2009 Jul 15;17(7):1024-33. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2009.05.011.

Formation of the complex between DsbD and PilB N-terminal domains from Neisseria meningitidis necessitates an adaptability of nDsbD.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Chimie Physique MacromolĂ©culaire UMR 7568 CNRS-INPL, Nancy UniversitĂ©, 1 rue Grandville, B.P. 20451, 54001 Nancy Cedex, France.


DsbD transmembrane protein dispatches electrons to periplasmic Trx/DsbE-like partners via specific interactions with its N-terminal domain, nDsbD. In the present study, PilB N-terminal domain (NterPilB) is shown to efficiently accept electrons coming from nDsbD from Neisseria meningitidis. Using an NMR-driven docking approach, we have modeled the structure of a mixed disulfide complex between NterPilB and nDsbD. We show the needed opening of nDsbD cap-loop whereas NterPilB FLHE loop does not seem essential in the formation and stabilization of the complex. Relaxation analysis performed on backbone amide groups highlights a kind of dynamics transfer from nDsbD cap-loop on NterPilB alpha1 helix, suggesting that a mobility contribution is required not only for the formation of the mixed disulfide complex, but also for its disruption. Taking into account previous X-ray data on covalent complexes involving nDsbD, a cartoon of interactions between Trx-like partners and nDsbD is proposed that illustrates the adaptability of nDsbD.

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