Identifying key components of the PrPC-PrPSc replicative interface.


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Identifying key components of the PrPC-PrPSc replicative interface.
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Identifying key components of the PrPC-PrPSc replicative interface.

J Biol Chem. 2008 Sep 30;

Authors: Abalos GC, Cruite JT, Bellon A, Hemmers S, Akagi J, Mastrianni JA, Williamson RA, Solforosi L

In prion disease, direct interaction between the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) and its misfolded disease-associated conformer PrP(Sc) is a crucial, but poorly understood, step promoting the formation of nascent PrP(Sc) and prion infectivity. Recently, we hypothesized that three regions of PrP (corresponding to amino acid residues 23-33, 98-110 and 136-158) interacting specifically and robustly with PrP(Sc), likely represent peptidic components of one flank of the prion replicative interface. In this study, we created epitope tagged mouse PrP(C) molecules in which the PrP sequences 23-33, 98-110 and 136-158 were modified. These novel PrP molecules were individually expressed in the prion-infected neuroblastoma cell line (ScN2a) and the conversion of each mutated mouse PrP(C) substrate to PrP(Sc) compared to that of the epitope tagged wild-type mouse PrP(C). Mutations within PrP 98-110, substituting all 4 wild-type lysine residues with alanine residues, prevented conversion to PrP(Sc). Furthermore, when residues within PrP 136-140 were collectively scrambled, changed to alanines, or amino acids at positions 136, 137 and 139 individually replaced by alanine, conversion to PrP(Sc) was similarly halted. However, other PrP molecules containing mutations within regions 23-33 and 101-104 were able to readily convert to PrP(Sc). These results suggest that PrP sequence comprising residues 98-110 and 136-140 not only participates in the specific binding interaction between PrP(C) and PrP(Sc), but also in the process leading to conversion of PrP(Sc)-sequestered PrP(C) into its disease-associated form.

PMID: 18826953 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]