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Cryo-EM structures reveal specialization at the myosin VI-actin interface and a mechanism of force sensitivity

  1. Pinar S Gurel
  2. Laura Y Kim
  3. Paul V Ruijgrok
  4. Tosan Omabegho
  5. Zev Bryant
  6. Gregory M Alushin  Is a corresponding author
  1. National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, United States
  2. Stanford University, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e31125 doi: 10.7554/eLife.31125

Abstract

Despite extensive scrutiny of the myosin superfamily, the lack of high-resolution structures of actin-bound states has prevented a complete description of its mechanochemical cycle and limited insight into how sequence and structural diversification of the motor domain gives rise to specialized functional properties. Here we present cryo-EM structures of the unique minus-end directed myosin VI motor domain in rigor (4.6 Å) and Mg-ADP (5.5 Å) states bound to F-actin. Comparison to the myosin IIC-F-actin rigor complex reveals an almost complete lack of conservation of residues at the actin-myosin interface despite preservation of the primary sequence regions composing it, suggesting an evolutionary path for motor specialization. Additionally, analysis of the transition from ADP to rigor provides a structural rationale for force sensitivity in this step of the mechanochemical cycle. Finally, we observe reciprocal rearrangements in actin and myosin accompanying the transition between these states, supporting a role for actin structural plasticity during force generation by myosin VI.

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  1. Pinar S Gurel

    Cell Biology and Physiology Center, National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, Bethesda, United States
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  2. Laura Y Kim

    Cell Biology and Physiology Center, National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, Bethesda, United States
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  3. Paul V Ruijgrok

    Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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  4. Tosan Omabegho

    Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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  5. Zev Bryant

    Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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  6. Gregory M Alushin

    Cell Biology and Physiology Center, National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, Bethesda, United States
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    galushin@rockefeller.edu
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W. M. Keck Foundation

  • Zev Bryant

Human Frontier Science Program (Long-Term Fellowship)

  • Paul V Ruijgrok

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Gregory M Alushin

Rockefeller University (Women & Science Fellowship)

  • Pinar S Gurel

National Institutes of Health (F32GM094420)

  • Tosan Omabegho

National Institutes of Health (1DP2 OD004690)

  • Zev Bryant

National Institutes of Health (5DP5OD017885)

  • Gregory M Alushin

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Edward H Egelman, University of Virginia, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: August 9, 2017
  2. Accepted: December 2, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 4, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: January 10, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2017, Gurel et al.

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