Solid-state NMR study of a 41 kDa membrane protein complex DsbA/DsbB

Lindsay J. Sperling, Ming Tang, Deborah A. Berthold, Anna E. Nesbitt, Robert B. Gennis, Chad M. Rienstra

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The disulfide bond generation system in E. coli is led by a periplasmic protein, DsbA, and an integral membrane protein, DsbB. Here we present a solid-state NMR (SSNMR) study of a 41 kDa membrane protein complex DsbA/DsbB precipitated in the presence of native lipids to investigate conformational changes and dynamics that occur upon transient complex formation within the electron transfer pathway. Chemical shift changes in the periplasmic enzyme DsbA in three states (wild type, C33S mutant, and in complex with DsbB) reveal structural and/or dynamic information. We report a 4.9 ppm 15N chemical shift change observed for Pro31 in the active site between the wild type and C33S mutant of DsbA. Additionally, the Pro31 residue remains elusive in the DsbA/DsbB complex, indicating that the dynamics change drastically in the active site between the three states of DsbA. Using three-dimensional SSNMR spectra, partial 13C and 15N de novo chemical shift assignments throughout DsbA in the DsbA/DsbB complex were compared with the shifts from DsbA alone to map site-specific chemical shift perturbations. These results demonstrate that there are further structural and dynamic changes of DsbA in the native membrane observed by SSNMR, beyond the differences between the crystal structures of DsbA and the DsbA/DsbB complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6052-6060
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 23 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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