20 lowest energy ensemble of dermcidin (DCD1L) NMR structure

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: SOLUTION NMR
  • Conformers Calculated: 100 
  • Conformers Submitted: 20 
  • Selection Criteria: structures with the lowest energy 

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Structural basis for the bacterial membrane insertion of dermcidin peptide, DCD-1L.

Nguyen, V.S.Tan, K.W.Ramesh, K.Chew, F.T.Mok, Y.K.

(2017) Sci Rep 7: 13923-13923

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-13600-z
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Human dermcidin (DCD) is an antimicrobial peptide secreted constitutively by sweat glands. The anionic derivative, DCD-1L, comprises of the N-terminal 47 residues of DCD and one additional leucine residue. A previous NMR structure of DCD-1L in 50% TFE showed a partial helical conformation, and its crystal structure in the presence of Zn 2+ outlined a hexameric linear α-helical bundle. Three different models to describe membrane insertion were proposed but no conclusion was drawn. In the current study, the NMR structure of DCD-1L in SDS micelles showed an "L-shaped" molecule with three fully formed α-helices connected by flexible turns. Formation of these helices in DCD-1L in the presence of POPG vesicles suggests that the acidic C-terminal region of DCD-1L can suppress the binding of DCD-1L to POPG vesicles at basic but not acidic pH. Mutation of charged residues on the N-terminal and C-terminal regions of DCD-1L cause differences in POPG binding, suggesting distinct functional roles for these two regions. Charged residues from these two regions are also found to differentially affect Zn 2+ coordination and aggregation of DCD-1L in the absence or presence of SDS, as monitored by 1D NMR. Our data agrees with one of the three models proposed.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Biological Sciences, 14 Science Drive 4, National University of Singapore, 117543, Singapore, Singapore.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Dermcidin48Homo sapiensMutation(s): 0 
EC: 3.4
Membrane Entity: Yes 
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GTEx:  ENSG00000161634 
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Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: SOLUTION NMR
  • Conformers Calculated: 100 
  • Conformers Submitted: 20 
  • Selection Criteria: structures with the lowest energy 

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2017-07-05
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2017-11-15
    Changes: Database references
  • Version 1.2: 2019-10-16
    Changes: Data collection, Experimental preparation, Structure summary
  • Version 1.3: 2023-06-14
    Changes: Database references, Other
  • Version 1.4: 2024-05-15
    Changes: Data collection, Database references