NMR Structure of human alpha defensin HNP-1

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  • Conformers Calculated: 200 
  • Conformers Submitted: 10 
  • Selection Criteria: structures with the lowest energy 

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Resonance assignment and three-dimensional structure determination of a human alpha-defensin, HNP-1, by solid-state NMR.

Zhang, Y.Doherty, T.Li, J.Lu, W.Barinka, C.Lubkowski, J.Hong, M.

(2010) J Mol Biol 397: 408-422

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmb.2010.01.030
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  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Human alpha-defensins [human neutrophil peptides (HNPs)] are immune defense mini-proteins that act by disrupting microbial cell membranes. Elucidating the three-dimensional (3D) structures of HNPs in lipid membranes is important for understanding their mechanisms of action. Using solid-state NMR (SSNMR), we have determined the 3D structure of HNP-1 in a microcrystalline state outside the lipid membrane, which provides benchmarks for structure determination and comparison with the membrane-bound state. From a suite of two-dimensional and 3D magic-angle spinning experiments, (13)C and (15)N chemical shifts that yielded torsion angle constraints were obtained, while inter-residue distances were obtained to restrain the 3D fold. Together, these constraints led to the first high-resolution SSNMR structure of a human defensin. The SSNMR structure has close similarity to the crystal structures of the HNP family, with the exception of the loop region between the first and second beta-strands. The difference, which is partially validated by direct torsion angle measurements of selected loop residues, suggests possible conformational variation and flexibility of this segment of the protein, which may regulate HNP interaction with the phospholipid membrane of microbial cells.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA.

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Experimental Data

  • Conformers Calculated: 200 
  • Conformers Submitted: 10 
  • Selection Criteria: structures with the lowest energy 

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  • Version 1.0: 2010-02-09
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2014-02-05
    Changes: Experimental preparation
  • Version 1.3: 2020-02-26
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Other
  • Version 1.4: 2024-05-01
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