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Structural Comparison of Monomeric Variants of the Chemokine MIP-1β Having Differing Ability To Bind the Receptor CCR5,

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posted on 17.08.2001, 00:00 by Seho Kim, Shu-chuan Jao, Jennifer S. Laurence, Patricia J. LiWang
MIP-1β, a member of the chemokine family of proteins, tightly binds the receptor CCR5 as part of its natural function in the immune response, and in doing so also blocks the ability of many strains of HIV to enter the cell. The single most important MIP-1β residue known to contribute to its interaction with the receptor is Phe13, which when mutated reduces the ability of MIP-1β to bind to CCR5 by more than 1000-fold. To obtain a structural understanding of the dramatic effect of the absence of Phe13 in MIP-1β, we used multidimensional heteronuclear NMR to determine the three-dimensional structure of the MIP-1β F13A variant. We had previously shown that, unlike the wild-type protein which has been shown to be a tight dimer, the F13A mutant is monomeric even at high concentrations [Laurence, J. S., Blanpain, C., Burgner, J. W., Parmentier, M., and LiWang, P. J. (2000) Biochemistry 39, 3401−3409], leading to significant changes in the NMR spectra of F13A and the wild-type protein. We have obtained a total of 940 structural restraints for MIP-1β F13A, and have calculated a family of structures having a backbone rmsd from the average of 0.55 Å (residues 12−67). A structural comparison of the F13A mutant with a fully active monomeric variant, P8A, shows that despite some differences in the 1H−15N HSQC spectra the two are nearly identical in NOE distance restraints and in backbone conformation. A comparison of F13A with the wild-type protein shows largely the same fold, although differences exist in the N-terminal and loop regions for which the loss of the dimer in F13A can mainly account. A dynamics comparison confirms greater flexibility in F13A than in the wild-type protein in regions of dimer contact in the wild-type protein. In an analysis to determine if the large functional effect resulting from the loss of Phe13 is due to the local side chain change or due to more global structural changes, we conclude that local effects predominate. This suggests that a strategy for designing tight binding anti-CCR5 therapeutics should include a Phe-like component.