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Structure of the AAA protein Msp1 reveals mechanism of mislocalized membrane protein extraction

  1. Lan Wang
  2. Alexander Myasnikov
  3. Xingjie Pan
  4. Peter Walter  Is a corresponding author
  1. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Francisco, United States
  2. University of California, San Francisco, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e54031 doi: 10.7554/eLife.54031

Abstract

The AAA protein Msp1 extracts mislocalized tail-anchored membrane proteins and targets them for degradation, thus maintaining proper cell organization. How Msp1 selects its substrates and firmly engages them during the energetically unfavorable extraction process remains a mystery. To address this question, we solved cryo-EM structures of Msp1-substrate complexes at near-atomic resolution. Akin to other AAA proteins, Msp1 forms hexameric spirals that translocate substrates through a central pore. A singular hydrophobic substrate recruitment site is exposed at the spiral's seam, which we propose positions the substrate for entry into the pore. There, a tight web of aromatic amino acids grips the substrate in a sequence-promiscuous, hydrophobic milieu. Elements at the intersubunit interfaces coordinate ATP hydrolysis with the subunits' positions in the spiral. We present a comprehensive model of Msp1's mechanism, which follows general architectural principles established for other AAA proteins yet specializes Msp1 for its unique role in membrane protein extraction.

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  1. Lan Wang

    Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-8931-7201
  2. Alexander Myasnikov

    Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  3. Xingjie Pan

    Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  4. Peter Walter

    Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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    peter@walterlab.ucsf.edu
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Funding

National Institutes of Health (R01GM032384)

  • Peter Walter

National Institutes of Health (R01GM032384)

  • Lan Wang

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Peter Walter

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (DRG-2312-17)

  • Lan Wang

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. Franz-Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Germany

Publication history

  1. Received: November 28, 2019
  2. Accepted: January 29, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 30, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: February 13, 2020 (version 2)

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© 2020, Wang et al.

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