An irregular beta-bulge common to a group of bacterial RNases is an important determinant of stability and function in barnase.


Abstract

Single amino acid residue substitutions rarely destroy the structural integrity of proteins. Substitution of glycine residues, however, is among the few sorts of alterations that can have such an effect. Here, we seek to understand what accounts for the extreme functional impairment of the bacterial ribonuclease barnase upon substitution of Gly52 or Gly53. We find that inactivation is caused by overall disruption of the folded state that manifests itself in three ways: (1) dramatically reduced stability (by 5.2 to 8.4 kcal mol-1 for mutants showing inactivation in vivo); (2) progressive loss of folded-state activity with increasing temperature, indicating a less well formed fold; and (3) substantial proteolytic degradation of mutant enzymes in vivo. Examination of two deletion mutants, missing either Gly53 or Asp54, shows that the irregular beta-bulge formed by these two residues is of vital importance to the structural integrity of barnase. The parallel behaviour of mutants carrying replacements of either of the two glycine residues therefore appears to arise from a common mechanism: disruption of local structure at the beta-bulge. The importance of this structural element to the function of barnase raises the question of whether it may be present in other RNases. The Streptomyces enzymes RNase Sa and RNase St differ considerably from barnase in both sequence and structure, yet both show significant sequence similarity to barnase over a region beginning at Gly53. Structural comparison indicates that the Streptomyces enzymes do have the barnase-like irregular beta-bulge, making this an important characteristic feature of a group of bacterial ribonucleases. The sensitivity of this feature demonstrates that detailed aspects of local structure may have a major role in determining the overall structural and functional properties of an enzyme, even where no explanation for this role is readily apparent. If this is a general characteristic of the structure-function relationship, it may pose a formidable obstacle to the de novo design of new enzymes. Study holds ProTherm entries: 6057, 6058, 6059, 6060, 6061, 14292, 14293, 14294, 14295 Extra Details: beta-bulge; microbial ribonuclease; molecular evolution;,inactivating substitutions; destabilising substitutions

Submission Details

ID: h3zaRYyM

Submitter: Connie Wang

Submission Date: April 24, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Version: 1

Publication Details
Axe DD;Foster NW;Fersht AR,J. Mol. Biol. (1999) An irregular beta-bulge common to a group of bacterial RNases is an important determinant of stability and function in barnase. PMID:10064710
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Structure view and single mutant data analysis

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Data Distribution

Studies with similar sequences (approximate matches)

Correlation with other assays (exact sequence matches)


Relevant PDB Entries

Structure ID Release Date Resolution Structure Title
2KF5 2009-12-08 Barnase bound to d(CGAC), low pressure
2KF3 2009-12-08 Barnase, low pressure reference NMR structure
1BNR 1995-07-31 BARNASE
1FW7 2003-06-10 NMR STRUCTURE OF 15N-LABELED BARNASE
2KF6 2009-12-08 Barnase bound to d(CGAC) high pressure
2KF4 2009-12-08 Barnase high pressure structure
2C4B 2005-11-21 1.3 Inhibitor cystine knot protein McoEeTI fused to the catalytically inactive barnase mutant H102A
1A2P 1998-04-29 1.5 BARNASE WILDTYPE STRUCTURE AT 1.5 ANGSTROMS RESOLUTION
2ZA4 2008-05-20 1.58 Crystal Structural Analysis of Barnase-barstar Complex
1B20 1998-12-09 1.7 DELETION OF A BURIED SALT-BRIDGE IN BARNASE
1BRN 1994-01-31 1.76 SUBSITE BINDING IN AN RNASE: STRUCTURE OF A BARNASE-TETRANUCLEOTIDE COMPLEX AT 1.76 ANGSTROMS RESOLUTION
1B2X 1998-12-09 1.8 BARNASE WILDTYPE STRUCTURE AT PH 7.5 FROM A CRYO_COOLED CRYSTAL AT 100K
1B2S 1998-12-08 1.82 STRUCTURAL RESPONSE TO MUTATION AT A PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERFACE
1X1Y 2005-04-26 1.9 Water-mediate interaction at aprotein-protein interface
1RNB 1992-07-15 1.9 CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF A BARNASE-D(*GP*C) COMPLEX AT 1.9 ANGSTROMS RESOLUTION
1BRI 1995-07-10 1.9 BARNASE MUTANT WITH ILE 76 REPLACED BY ALA
3KCH 2010-03-09 1.94 Baranase crosslinked by glutaraldehyde
2F5M 2006-04-25 1.95 Cross-linked barnase soaked in bromo-ethanol
2F56 2006-04-25 1.96 Barnase cross-linked with glutaraldehyde soaked in 6M urea
1BRJ 1995-07-10 2.0 BARNASE MUTANT WITH ILE 88 REPLACED BY ALA
1B21 1998-12-09 2.0 DELETION OF A BURIED SALT BRIDGE IN BARNASE
1BRH 1995-07-10 2.0 BARNASE MUTANT WITH LEU 14 REPLACED BY ALA
1BSB 1994-01-31 2.0 CRYSTAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF MUTATIONS IN THE HYDROPHOBIC CORES OF BARNASE
1BSE 1994-01-31 2.0 CRYSTAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF MUTATIONS IN THE HYDROPHOBIC CORES OF BARNASE
1BRK 1995-07-10 2.0 BARNASE MUTANT WITH ILE 96 REPLACED BY ALA
1BNF 1995-07-10 2.0 BARNASE T70C/S92C DISULFIDE MUTANT
1BSA 1994-01-31 2.0 CRYSTAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF MUTATIONS IN THE HYDROPHOBIC CORES OF BARNASE
2F5W 2006-04-25 2.0 Cross-linked barnase soaked in 3 M thiourea
1BRS 1994-06-22 2.0 PROTEIN-PROTEIN RECOGNITION: CRYSTAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF A BARNASE-BARSTAR COMPLEX AT 2.0-A RESOLUTION
1BSC 1994-01-31 2.0 CRYSTAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF MUTATIONS IN THE HYDROPHOBIC CORES OF BARNASE
1B2Z 1998-12-09 2.03 DELETION OF A BURIED SALT BRIDGE IN BARNASE
1BNS 1994-06-22 2.05 STRUCTURAL STUDIES OF BARNASE MUTANTS
1B2U 1998-12-09 2.1 STRUCTURAL RESPONSE TO MUTATION AT A PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERFACE
1BNJ 1995-09-15 2.1 BARNASE WILDTYPE STRUCTURE AT PH 9.0
1BNG 1995-07-10 2.1 BARNASE S85C/H102C DISULFIDE MUTANT
1B27 1998-12-09 2.1 STRUCTURAL RESPONSE TO MUTATION AT A PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERFACE
1BNI 1995-09-15 2.1 BARNASE WILDTYPE STRUCTURE AT PH 6.0
1X1W 2005-04-26 2.1 Water-mediate interaction at aprotein-protein interface
1BNE 1995-07-10 2.1 BARNASE A43C/S80C DISULFIDE MUTANT
2F4Y 2006-04-25 2.15 Barnase cross-linked with glutaraldehyde
3Q3F 2012-01-25 2.17 Engineering Domain-Swapped Binding Interfaces by Mutually Exclusive Folding: Insertion of Ubiquitin into position 103 of Barnase
1YVS 1999-02-02 2.2 Trimeric domain swapped barnase
1BAN 1993-10-31 2.2 THE CONTRIBUTION OF BURIED HYDROGEN BONDS TO PROTEIN STABILITY: THE CRYSTAL STRUCTURES OF TWO BARNASE MUTANTS
1BRG 1994-06-22 2.2 CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF PHE->LEU SUBSTITUTION IN THE HYDROPHOBIC CORE OF BARNASE
1BAO 1993-10-31 2.2 THE CONTRIBUTION OF BURIED HYDROGEN BONDS TO PROTEIN STABILITY: THE CRYSTAL STRUCTURES OF TWO BARNASE MUTANTS
3DA7 2009-04-14 2.25 A conformationally strained, circular permutant of barnase
1X1X 2005-04-26 2.3 Water-mediate interaction at aprotein-protein interface
1X1U 2005-04-26 2.3 Water-mediate interaction at aprotein-protein interface
1BSD 1994-01-31 2.3 CRYSTAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF MUTATIONS IN THE HYDROPHOBIC CORES OF BARNASE
1B3S 1998-12-09 2.39 STRUCTURAL RESPONSE TO MUTATION AT A PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERFACE
1BGS 1994-04-30 2.6 RECOGNITION BETWEEN A BACTERIAL RIBONUCLEASE, BARNASE, AND ITS NATURAL INHIBITOR, BARSTAR

Relevant UniProtKB Entries

Percent Identity Matching Chains Protein Accession Entry Name
97.3 Ribonuclease P35078 RN_BACCI
100.0 Ribonuclease P00648 RNBR_BACAM