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Solid-state NMR studies of the ABC transporter BmrA in its lipid environment

Abstract : ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters can translocate a variety of molecules by coupling drug/lipid efflux with an ATP-Mg2+ fuelled engine. They are found in all forms of life and they are involved in a number of drug resistances including anti-cancer drugs and antibiotics. My studies focus on the drug exporter BmrA (130 kDa) from Bacillus subtilis as a model system and homologue of the human P-glycoprotein that is involved in multidrug resistance in cancer. We show that the reconstitution of this protein in lipids from Bacillus subtilis at a lipid-protein ratio of 0.5 m/m allows an optimal protein insertion into lipid bilayer as well as it complies with the two central NMR requirements: high signal-to-noise in the spectra and sample stability over a time period of years. The obtained spectra point to a well-folded protein and a highly homogenous preparation, as witnessed by the narrow resonance lines and the signal dispersion typical of the expected secondary structure distribution of the membrane protein. In the same time, we adapted the GRecon method used in electron microscopy studies for membrane protein reconstitution to the needs of solid-state NMR sample preparation. We followed in detail the reconstitution of the ABC transporter BmrA by dialysis as a reference, and established optimal reconstitution conditions using the combined sucrose/cyclodextrin/lipid gradient characterizing GRecon. NMR spectra recorded on a sample produced by GRecon showed a highly similar fingerprint as those recorded previously on samples reconstituted by dialysis. GRecon sample preparation presents a gain in time of nearly an order of magnitude for reconstitution. In order to study the inward-facing (IF) and the outward-facing (OF) state of the transporter, we developed a reproducible and quantitative protocol of ATP:Mg2+:VO43- addition inducing the OF state. We used selectively labelled samples obtained by the addition of natural abundance residues in the bacterial medium in order to reduce the number of signals in the spectra of this large protein. We recorded solid-state NMR two-dimensional spectra with different mixing times (20 and 200 ms) in order to follow chemical shift changes and identify residues by sequential correlations. The very noticeable apparition of new signals concomitant with the large amplitude of chemical shift perturbations (CSPs) highlight the important flexibility and conformational changes of the protein in presence of ATP:Mg2+:VO43- substrate. In order to identify the residues appearing in the spectra, we use paramagnetic replacement by Mn2+ of the Mg2+ acting as a co-factor in the active site. The paramagnetic relaxation enhancements caused the Mn2+ revealed that the amino acids appearing in the spectra are located in proximity to the ATP binding pocket. Besides, EPR measurements confirmed the closed state of the protein by identifying the corresponding 1.8 nm distances between two Mn2+. We investigate on the conformational differences identified between the IF and OF state in the ABC transporter BmrA reconstituted in its natural lipids. The observation of numerous CSPs, as well as the apparition new signals are observed for a hydrolysis-incompetent mutant on addition of ATP, indicating that hydrolysis is not required for the IF to OF transition in BmrA. We also analyze the mechanistic of the X-loop motif described to be involved in the communication between two domains of the protein. We observe for a mutant protein in which transport is abolished, but which remains ATPase active, an incomplete transition since only a subset of CSPs is observed, as well as lack of rigidification. This suggests that the change in dynamics might be central for transmitting the relevant conformational changes to the part of the protein driving transport, concomitant of an engine which is turning an input shaft, but which fails to connect in a rigid manner, trough adequate gears, with the output shaft driving the pump
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Denis Lacabanne. Solid-state NMR studies of the ABC transporter BmrA in its lipid environment. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology. Université de Lyon, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017LYSE1243⟩. ⟨tel-01737964⟩



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