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Cryo-EM structure of the mechanically activated ion channel OSCA1.2

  1. Sebastian Jojoa Cruz
  2. Kei Saotome
  3. Swetha E Murthy
  4. Che Chun (Alex) Tsui
  5. Mark SP Sansom
  6. Ardem Patapoutian  Is a corresponding author
  7. Andrew B Ward  Is a corresponding author
  1. The Scripps Research Institute, United States
  2. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e41845 doi: 10.7554/eLife.41845

Abstract

Mechanically activated ion channels underlie touch, hearing, shear-stress sensing, and response to turgor pressure. OSCA/TMEM63s are a newly-identified family of eukaryotic mechanically activated ion channels opened by membrane tension. The structural underpinnings of OSCA/TMEM63 function are not explored. Here, we elucidate high resolution cryo-electron microscopy structures of OSCA1.2, revealing a dimeric architecture containing eleven transmembrane helices per subunit and surprising topological similarities to TMEM16 proteins. We locate the ion permeation pathway within each subunit by demonstrating that a conserved acidic residue is a determinant of channel conductance. Molecular dynamics simulations reveal membrane interactions, suggesting the role of lipids in OSCA1.2 gating. These results lay a foundation to decipher how the structural organization of OSCA/TMEM63 is suited for their roles as MA ion channels.

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  1. Sebastian Jojoa Cruz

    Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-4392-3898
  2. Kei Saotome

    Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, United States
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  3. Swetha E Murthy

    Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-9580-3380
  4. Che Chun (Alex) Tsui

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0003-4886-9824
  5. Mark SP Sansom

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-6360-7959
  6. Ardem Patapoutian

    Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, United States
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    ardem@scripps.edu
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0003-0726-7034
  7. Andrew B Ward

    Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, United States
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    andrew@scripps.edu
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-7153-3769

Funding

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Ardem Patapoutian

Croucher Foundation

  • Che Chun (Alex) Tsui

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (1R35NS105067)

  • Ardem Patapoutian

Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation

  • Andrew B Ward

Wellcome (208361/Z/17/Z)

  • Mark SP Sansom

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/N000145/1)

  • Mark SP Sansom

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/R00126X/1)

  • Mark SP Sansom

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/R004722/1)

  • Mark SP Sansom

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

  • Kei Saotome

Skaggs-Oxford Scholarship

  • Che Chun (Alex) Tsui

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. Baron Chanda, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: September 8, 2018
  2. Accepted: October 11, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: November 1, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: November 14, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Jojoa Cruz et al.

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