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Solution Structure of Zinc- and Calcium-Bound Rat S100B as Determined by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy,

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posted on 19.04.2005, 00:00 by Paul T. Wilder, Kristen M. Varney, Michele B. Weiss, Rossitza K. Gitti, David J. Weber
The EF-hand calcium-binding protein S100B also binds one zinc ion per subunit with a relatively high affinity (Kd ∼ 90 nM) [Wilder et al., (2003) Biochemistry 42, 13410−13421]. In this study, the structural characterization of zinc binding to calcium-loaded S100B was examined using high-resolution NMR techniques, including structural characterization of this complex in solution at atomic resolution. As with other S100 protein structures, the quaternary structure of Zn2+-Ca2+-bound S100B was found to be dimeric with helices H1, H1‘, H4, and H4‘ forming an X-type four-helix bundle at the dimer interface. NMR data together with mutational analyses are consistent with Zn2+ coordination arising from His-15 and His-25 of one S100B subunit and from His-85 and Glu-89 of the other subunit. The addition of Zn2+ was also found to extend helices H4 and H4‘ three to four residues similar to what was previously observed with the binding of target proteins to S100B. Furthermore, a kink in helix 4 was observed in Zn2+-Ca2+-bound S100B that is not in Ca2+-bound S100B. These structural changes upon Zn2+-binding could explain the 5-fold increase in affinity that Zn2+-Ca2+-bound S100B has for peptide targets such as the TRTK peptide versus Ca2+-bound S100B. There are also changes in the relative positioning of the two EF-hand calcium-binding domains and the respective helices comprising these EF-hands. Changes in conformation such as these could contribute to the order of magnitude higher affinity that S100B has for calcium in the presence of Zn2+.

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