Identification and function of conformational dynamics in the multidomain GTPase dynamin

Vesicle release upon endocytosis requires membrane fission, catalyzed by the large GTPase dynamin. Dynamin contains five domains that together orchestrate its mechanochemical activity. Hydrogen–deuterium exchange coupled with mass spectrometry revealed global nucleotide- and membrane-binding-dependent conformational changes, as well as the existence of an allosteric relay element in the α2S helix of the dynamin stalk domain. As predicted from structural studies, FRET analyses detect large movements of the pleckstrin homology domain (PHD) from a ‘closed’ conformation docked near the stalk to an ‘open’ conformation able to interact with membranes. We engineered dynamin constructs locked in either the closed or open state by chemical cross-linking or deletion mutagenesis and showed that PHD movements function as a conformational switch to regulate dynamin self-assembly, membrane binding, and fission. This PHD conformational switch is impaired by a centronuclear myopathy-causing disease mutation, S619L, highlighting the physiological significance of its role in regulating dynamin function. Together, these data provide new insight into coordinated conformational changes that regulate dynamin function and couple membrane binding, oligomerization, and GTPase activity during dynamin-catalyzed membrane fission.
Source: EMBO Journal - Category: Molecular Biology Authors: Tags: Membrane & Intracellular Transport, Structural Biology Articles Source Type: research

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Source: CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: REVIEW ARTICLES Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Comparative Pathology - Category: Pathology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Letters to the Editor Source Type: research
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Source: Neuromuscular Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Neuromuscular Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Neuromuscular Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
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