Book of Abstracts: Albany 2009

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Conversation 16
June 16-20 2009
© Adenine Press (2008)

Conformational Change of a Group II Chaperonin in Different States Revealed by Single-particle Cryo-EM

Methanococcus maripaludis chaperonin (Mm-cpn) is a type II archael chaperonin that has a built-in lid. It is a 16-subunit homo-oligomer of ~1 MDa arranged in a two back-to-back rings that is structurally similar to the mammalian chaperonin such as TRiC. The substrate folding is accompanied by a conformational change triggered by nucleotide binding and hydrolysis. Using single particle cryo-EM and image reconstruction, we solve both the wild type and lidless mutant Mm-cpn in open and closed states respectively at resolutions between 10 and 4.3 Å. The open state is a nucleotide-free state while the closed state corresponds to the transition state of ATP hydrolysis. C? backbone models of these four 3-D reconstructions have been hand traced or flexibly fitted depending on their resolutions. The models show clearly the subunits? equatorial domain rotation between the open and closed states, which is unique and dramatically different from the well-studied type I chaperonin (GroE) found in E.Coli.

Research is supported by NIH grants from Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative (PN2EY016525) and NCRR Biomedical Technology Research Center for Structural Biology (P41RR02250).

Junjie Zhang1,2
Matthew L. Baker2
Gunnar Schröder3
Nick R. Douglas4
Joanita Jakana2
Caroline J. Fu2
Michael Levitt3
Steven J. Ludtke1,2
Judith Frydman4
Wah Chiu1,2

1Graduate Program in Structural and Computational Biology
and Molecular Biophysics
2National Ctr for
Molecular Imaging
Verna and Marrs McLean
Dept. of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology
3Dept. of Structural Biology
Stanford Medical School
4Dept. of Biology
Stanford University