2P1L

Structure of the Bcl-XL:Beclin 1 complex


Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.50 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.262 
  • R-Value Work: 0.226 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.225 

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Literature

Crystal structure of the Bcl-XL-Beclin 1 peptide complex: Beclin 1 is a novel BH3-only protein

Oberstein, A.Jeffrey, P.D.Shi, Y.

(2007) J Biol Chem 282: 13123-13132

  • DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M700492200
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    2P1L

  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • Bcl-2 family proteins are key regulators of apoptosis and have recently been shown to modulate autophagy. The tumor suppressor Beclin 1 has been proposed to coordinate both apoptosis and autophagy through direct interaction with anti-apoptotic family ...

    Bcl-2 family proteins are key regulators of apoptosis and have recently been shown to modulate autophagy. The tumor suppressor Beclin 1 has been proposed to coordinate both apoptosis and autophagy through direct interaction with anti-apoptotic family members Bcl-2 and/or Bcl-X(L). However, the molecular basis for this interaction remains enigmatic. Here we report that Beclin 1 contains a conserved BH3 domain, which is both necessary and sufficient for its interaction with Bcl-X(L). We also report the crystal structure of a Beclin BH3 peptide in complex with Bcl-X(L) at 2.5A resolution. Reminiscent of previously determined Bcl-X(L)-BH3 structures, the amphipathic BH3 helix of Beclin 1 bound to a conserved hydrophobic groove of Bcl-X(L). These results define Beclin 1 as a novel BH3-only protein, implying that Beclin 1 may have a direct role in initiating apoptotic signaling. We propose that this putative apoptotic function may be linked to the ability of Beclin 1 to suppress tumor formation in mammals.


    Organizational Affiliation

    Lewis Thomas Laboratory, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA.



Macromolecules
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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Apoptosis regulator Bcl-XACEG153Homo sapiensMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: BCL2L1BCL2LBCLX
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PHAROS  Q07817
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Entity ID: 2
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Beclin 1BDFH31Homo sapiensMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: BECN1GT197
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PHAROS  Q14457
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Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.50 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.262 
  • R-Value Work: 0.226 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.225 
  • Space Group: P 21 21 2
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 107.94α = 90
b = 110.59β = 90
c = 100.52γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
CBASSdata collection
PHASERphasing
CNSrefinement
DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History 

  • Version 1.0: 2007-03-13
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-05-01
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.3: 2017-07-26
    Changes: Refinement description, Source and taxonomy