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Insights into the inhibitory mechanisms of the regulatory protein IIA(Glc) on melibiose permease activity.

The Journal of biological chemistry (2014-10-10)
Parameswaran Hariharan, Lan Guan
ABSTRACT

The phosphotransfer protein IIA(Glc) of the bacterial phosphoenolpyruvate:carbohydrate phosphotransferase system plays a key role in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism. Melibiose permease (MelB) is one among several permeases subject to IIA(Glc) regulation. The regulatory mechanisms are poorly understood; in addition, thermodynamic features of IIA(Glc) binding to other proteins are also unknown. Applying isothermal titration calorimetry and amine-specific cross-linking, we show that IIA(Glc) directly binds to MelB of Salmonella typhimurium (MelB(St)) and Escherichia coli MelB (MelB(Ec)) at a stoichiometry of unity in the absence or presence of melibiose. The dissociation constant values are 3-10 μM for MelB(St) and 25 μM for MelB(Ec). All of the binding is solely driven by favorable enthalpy forces. IIA(Glc) binding to MelB(St) in the absence or presence of melibiose yields a large negative heat capacity change; in addition, the conformational entropy is constrained upon the binding. We further found that the IIA(Glc)-bound MelB(St) exhibits a decreased binding affinity for melibiose or nitrophenyl-α-galactoside. It is believed that sugar binding to the permease is involved in an induced fit mechanism, and the transport process requires conformational cycling between different states. Thus, the thermodynamic data are consistent with the interpretation that IIA(Glc) inhibits the induced fit process and restricts the conformational dynamics of MelB(St).

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