Salt-bridge modulates differential calcium-mediated ligand binding to integrin α1- and α2-I domains.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Sci Rep, Volume 8, Issue 1, p.2916 (2018)


<p>Integrins are transmembrane cell-extracellular matrix adhesion receptors that impact many cellular functions. A subgroup of integrins contain an inserted (I) domain within the α-subunits (αI) that mediate ligand recognition where function is contingent on binding a divalent cation at the metal ion dependent adhesion site (MIDAS). Cais reported to promote α1I but inhibit α2I ligand binding. We co-crystallized individual I-domains with MIDAS-bound Caand report structures at 1.4 and 2.15&thinsp;Å resolution, respectively. Both structures are in the &quot;closed&quot; ligand binding conformation where Cainduces minimal global structural changes. Comparisons with Mg-bound structures reveal Mgand Cabind α1I in a manner sufficient to promote ligand binding. In contrast, Cais displaced in the α2I domain MIDAS by 1.4&thinsp;Å relative to Mgand unable to directly coordinate all MIDAS residues. We identified an E152-R192 salt bridge hypothesized to limit the flexibility of the α2I MIDAS, thus, reducing Cabinding. A α2I E152A construct resulted in a 10,000-fold increase in Mgand Cabinding affinity while increasing binding to collagen ligands 20%. These data indicate the E152-R192 salt bridge is a key distinction in the molecular mechanism of differential ion binding of these two I domains.</p>

5HGJ (α1I) and 5HJ2 (α2I)