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The Cysteine-Rich Protein Thimet Oligopeptidase as a Model of the Structural Requirements for S-glutathiolation and Oxidative Oligomerization

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Malvezzi, Alberto [1] ; Higa, Patricia M. [2, 3] ; Amaral, Antonia T. -do [1] ; Silva, Gustavo M. [3] ; Gozzo, Fabio C. [4] ; Ferro, Emer S. [2] ; Castro, Leandro M. [2] ; de Rezende, Leandro [1] ; Monteiro, Gisele [5] ; Demasi, Marilene [3]
Total Authors: 10
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Quim, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Ciencias Biomed, BR-05508 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Inst Butantan, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Quim, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Ciencias Farmaceut, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: PLoS One; v. 7, n. 6 JUN 25 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 8

Thimet oligopeptidase (EP24.15) is a cysteine-rich metallopeptidase containing fifteen Cys residues and no intra-protein disulfide bonds. Previous work on this enzyme revealed that the oxidative oligomerization of EP24.15 is triggered by S-glutathiolation at physiological GSSG levels (10-50 mu M) via a mechanism based on thiol-disulfide exchange. In the present work, our aim was to identify EP24.15 Cys residues that are prone to S-glutathiolation and to determine which structural features in the cysteinyl bulk are responsible for the formation of mixed disulfides through the reaction with GSSG and, in this particular case, the Cys residues within EP24.15 that favor either S-glutathiolation or inter-protein thiol-disulfide exchange. These studies were conducted by in silico structural analyses and simulations as well as site-specific mutation. S-glutathiolation was determined by mass spectrometric analyses and western blotting with anti-glutathione antibody. The results indicated that the stabilization of a thiolate sulfhydryl and the solvent accessibility of the cysteines are necessary for S-thiolation. The Solvent Access Surface analysis of the Cys residues prone to glutathione modification showed that the S-glutathiolated Cys residues are located inside pockets where the sulfur atom comes into contact with the solvent and that the positively charged amino acids are directed toward these Cys residues. The simulation of a covalent glutathione docking onto the same Cys residues allowed for perfect glutathione posing. A mutation of the Arg residue 263 that forms a saline bridge to the Cys residue 175 significantly decreased the overall S-glutathiolation and oligomerization of EP24.15. The present results show for the first time the structural requirements for protein S-glutathiolation by GSSG and are consistent with our previous hypothesis that EP24.15 oligomerization is dependent on the electron transfer from specific protonated Cys residues of one molecule to previously S-glutathionylated Cys residues of another one. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/58147-6 - Biological aspects of thiols: protein structure, antioxidant defense, cell signaling and redox states
Grantee:Luis Eduardo Soares Netto
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 08/06731-9 - Regulation of protein activity by S-glutathionylation: implications on the intracellular redox metabolism
Grantee:Marilene Demasi
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants