Jones RP, et al. (2010) A site-directed cross-linking approach to the characterization of subunit E-subunit G contacts in the vacuolar H(+)-ATPase stator. Mol Membr Biol 27(4-6):147-59
Abstract: Abstract To operate as a rotary motor, the ATP-hydrolyzing domain of the vacuolar H(+)-ATPase must be connected to a fixed structure in its membrane-bound proton pump domain by a mechanical stator. Although low-resolution structural data and spectroscopic analysis indicate that a filament-like subunit E/subunit G heterodimer performs this role, more detailed information about the relative arrangement of these subunits is limited. We have used a site-directed cross-linking approach to show that, in both bacterial and yeast V-type ATPases, the N-terminal alpha-helical segments of the G and E subunits are closely aligned over a distance of up to 40 A. Furthermore, cross-linking coupled to mass spectrometry shows that the C-terminal end of G is anchored at the C-terminal globular domain of subunit E. These data are consistent with a stator model comprising two approximately 150 A long parallel alpha-helices linked to each other at both ends, stabilized by a coiled-coil arrangement and capped by the globular C-terminal domain of E that connects the cytoplasmic end of the helical structure to the V-ATPase catalytic domain.
|Status: Published||Type: Journal Article||PubMed ID: 20446876|
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