Role of the highly conserved G68 residue in the yeast phosphorelay protein Ypd1: implications for interactions between histidine phosphotransfer (HPt) and response regulator proteins.

Affiliation

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 73019, USA. [Email]

Abstract

Many bacteria and certain eukaryotes utilize multi-step His-to-Asp phosphorelays for adaptive responses to their extracellular environments. Histidine phosphotransfer (HPt) proteins function as key components of these pathways. HPt proteins are genetically diverse, but share a common tertiary fold with conserved residues near the active site. A surface-exposed glycine at the H + 4 position relative to the phosphorylatable histidine is found in a significant number of annotated HPt protein sequences. Previous reports demonstrated that substitutions at this position result in diminished phosphotransfer activity between HPt proteins and their cognate signaling partners.

Keywords

Evolutionary conservation,HPt proteins,Phosphotransfer,Protein-protein interactions,Response regulator,Two-component signal transduction,Ypd1,

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