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Biochemistry. 2011 Jun 7;50(22):4830-42. doi: 10.1021/bi101934e. Epub 2011 May 11.

Membrane topology of the colicin E1 channel using genetically encoded fluorescence.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1.


The membrane topology of the colicin E1 channel domain was studied by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The FRET involved a genetically encoded fluorescent amino acid (coumarin) as the donor and a selectively labeled cysteine residue tethered with DABMI (4-(dimethylamino)phenylazophenyl-4'-maleimide) as the FRET acceptor. The fluorescent coumarin residue was incorporated into the protein via an orthogonal tRNA/aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase pair that allowed selective incorporation into any site within the colicin channel domain. Each variant harbored a stop (TAG) mutation for coumarin incorporation and a cysteine (TGT) mutation for DABMI attachment. Six interhelical distances within helices 1-6 were determined using FRET analysis for both the soluble and membrane-bound states. The FRET data showed large changes in the interhelical distances among helices 3-6 upon membrane association providing new insight into the membrane-bound structure of the channel domain. In general, the coumarin-DABMI FRET interhelical efficiencies decreased upon membrane binding, building upon the umbrella model for the colicin channel. A tentative model for the closed state of the channel domain was developed based on current and previously published FRET data. The model suggests circular arrangement of helices 1-7 in a clockwise direction from the extracellular side and membrane interfacial association of helices 1, 6, 7, and 10 around the central transmembrane hairpin formed by helices 8 and 9.

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