Dynamic recognition and linkage specificity in K63 di-ubiquitin and TAB2 NZF domain complex

Kei Moritsugu, Hafumi Nishi, Keiichi Inariyama, Masanori Kobayashi, Akinori Kidera

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Abstract

Poly-ubiquitin (poly-Ub) is involved in various cellular processes through the linkage-specific recognition of Ub-binding domains (UBD). In this study, using molecular dynamics (MD) simulation together with an enhanced sampling method, we demonstrated that K63-linked di-Ub recognizes the NZF domain of TAB2, a zinc finger UBD, in an ensemble of highly dynamic structures that form from the weak interactions between UBD and the flexible linker connecting the two Ubs. However, the K63 di-Ub/TAB2 NZF complex showed a much more compact and stable ensemble than the non-native complexes, linear di-Ub/TAB2 NZF and K33 di-Ub/TAB2 NZF, that were modeled from linear di-Ub/HOIL-1L NZF and K33 di-Ub/TRABID NZF1, respectively. We further demonstrated the importance of the length and position of the Ub-Ub linker in the results of MD simulations of K63 di-Ub/TAB2 NZF by changing the Ub linkage from the native K63 to four different non-native linkages, linear, K6, K11, and K48, while maintaining inter-molecular contacts in the native complex. No systems with non-native linkage maintained the native binding configuration. These simulation results provide an atomistic picture of the linkage specific recognition of poly-Ubs leading to the biological functions such as cellular colocalization of various component proteins in the signal transduction pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16478
JournalScientific reports
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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