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Molecular basis of force-from-lipids gating in the mechanosensitive channel MscS

  1. Bharat Reddy
  2. Navid Bavi
  3. Allen Lu
  4. Yeonwoo Park
  5. Eduardo Perozo  Is a corresponding author
  1. The University of Chicago, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e50486 doi: 10.7554/eLife.50486

Abstract

Prokaryotic mechanosensitive (MS) channels open by sensing the physical state of the membrane. As such, lipid-protein interactions represent the defining molecular process underlying mechanotransduction. Here, we describe cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structures of the E. coli small-conductance mechanosensitive channel (MscS) in nanodiscs (ND). They reveal a novel membrane-anchoring fold that plays a significant role in channel activation and establish a new location for the lipid bilayer, shifted ~14 Å from previous consensus placements. Two types of lipid densities are explicitly observed. A phospholipid that 'hooks' the top of each TM2-TM3 hairpin and likely plays a role in force sensing, and a bundle of acyl chains occluding the permeation path above the L105 cuff. These observations reshape our understanding of force-from-lipids gating in MscS and highlight the key role of allosteric interactions between TM segments and phospholipids bound to key dynamic components of the channel.

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  1. Bharat Reddy

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
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  2. Navid Bavi

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
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  3. Allen Lu

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
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  4. Yeonwoo Park

    Department of Ecology and Evolution, The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
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  5. Eduardo Perozo

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
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National Institute of General Medical Sciences (R01GM131191)

  • Eduardo Perozo

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (U54GM087519)

  • Eduardo Perozo

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. José D Faraldo-Gómez, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: July 24, 2019
  2. Accepted: December 27, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 27, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: January 24, 2020 (version 2)

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© 2019, Reddy et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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