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Structural basis for isoform-specific kinesin-1 recognition of Y-acidic cargo adaptors

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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e38362 doi: 10.7554/eLife.38362

Abstract

The light chains (KLCs) of the heterotetrameric microtubule motor kinesin-1, that bind to cargo adaptor proteins and regulate its activity, have a capacity to recognize short peptides via their tetratricopeptide repeat domains (KLCTPR). Here, using X-ray crystallography, we show how kinesin-1 recognizes a novel class of adaptor motifs that we call 'Y-acidic' (tyrosine flanked by acidic residues), in a KLC-isoform specific manner. Binding specificities of Y-acidic motifs (present in JIP1 and in TorsinA) to KLC1TPR are distinct from those utilized for the recognition of W-acidic motifs found in adaptors that are KLC- isoform non-selective. However, a partial overlap on their receptor binding sites implies that adaptors relying on Y-acidic and W-acidic motifs must act independently. We propose a model to explain why these two classes of motifs that bind to the concave surface of KLCTPR with similar low micromolar affinity can exhibit different capacities to promote kinesin-1 activity.

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  1. Stefano Pernigo

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  2. Magda S Chegkazi

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  3. Yan Y Yip

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  4. Conor Treacy

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  5. Giulia Glorani

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  6. Kjetil Hansen

    Department of Chemistry, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  7. Argyris Politis

    Department of Chemistry, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  8. Soi Bui

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  9. Mark P Dodding

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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  10. Roberto A Steiner

    Randall Centre of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/L006774/1)

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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. Samara L Reck-Peterson, University of California, San Diego, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: May 14, 2018
  2. Accepted: October 14, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: October 15, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: November 2, 2018 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record updated: November 7, 2018 (version 3)

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© 2018, Pernigo et al.

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