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Sci Rep. 2016 Feb 9;6:20555. doi: 10.1038/srep20555.

Computational studies of the binding profile of phosphoinositide PtdIns (3,4,5) P₃ with the pleckstrin homology domain of an oomycete cellulose synthase.

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1
Division of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology, School of Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), AlbaNova University Center, Stockholm, 106 91, Sweden.
2
Division of Glycoscience, School of Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), AlbaNova University Center, Stockholm, 106 91, Sweden.

Abstract

Saprolegnia monoica is a model organism to investigate Saprolegnia parasitica, an important oomycete which causes considerable loss in aquaculture every year. S. monoica contains cellulose synthases vital for oomycete growth. However, the molecular mechanism of the cellulose biosynthesis process in the oomycete growth is still poorly understood. Some cellulose synthases of S. monoica, such as SmCesA2, are found to contain a plecsktrin homology (PH) domain, which is a protein module widely found in nature and known to bind to phosphoinositides, a class of signaling compounds involved in many biological processes. Understanding the molecular interactions between the PH domain and phosphoinositides would help to unravel the cellulose biosynthesis process of oomycetes. In this work, the binding profile of PtdIns (3,4,5) P3, a typical phosphoinositide, with SmCesA2-PH was studied by molecular docking, molecular dynamics and metadynamics simulations. PtdIns (3,4,5) P3 is found to bind at a specific site located at β1, β2 and β1-β2 loop of SmCesA2-PH. The high affinity of PtdIns (3,4,5) P3 to SmCesA2-PH is contributed by the free phosphate groups, which have electrostatic and hydrogen-bond interactions with Lys88, Lys100 and Arg102 in the binding site.

PMID:
26857031
PMCID:
PMC4746654
DOI:
10.1038/srep20555
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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