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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Sep;1838(9):2326-30. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2014.03.001. Epub 2014 Mar 11.

Strong dimerization of wild-type ErbB2/Neu transmembrane domain and the oncogenic Val664Glu mutant in mammalian plasma membranes.

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1
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA.
2
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA. Electronic address: kh@jhu.edu.

Abstract

Here, we study the homodimerization of the transmembrane domain of Neu, as well as an oncogenic mutant (V664E), in vesicles derived from the plasma membrane of mammalian cells. For the characterization, we use a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based method termed Quantitative Imaging-FRET (QI-FRET), which yields the donor and acceptor concentrations in addition to the FRET efficiencies in individual plasma membrane-derived vesicles. Our results demonstrate that both the wild-type and the mutant are 100% dimeric, suggesting that the Neu TM helix dimerizes more efficiently than other RTK TM domains in mammalian membranes. Furthermore, the data suggest that the V664E mutation causes a very small, but statistically significant change in dimer structure. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Interfacially Active Peptides and Proteins. Guest Editors: William C. Wimley and Kalina Hristova.

KEYWORDS:

Dimerization; Transmembrane domain

PMID:
24631664
PMCID:
PMC4082748
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbamem.2014.03.001
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