3HZQ

Structure of a tetrameric MscL in an expanded intermediate state


Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 3.82 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.312 
  • R-Value Work: 0.292 

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Literature

Structure of a tetrameric MscL in an expanded intermediate state.

Liu, Z.Gandhi, C.S.Rees, D.C.

(2009) Nature 461: 120-124

  • DOI: 10.1038/nature08277

  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • The ability of cells to sense and respond to mechanical force underlies diverse processes such as touch and hearing in animals, gravitropism in plants, and bacterial osmoregulation. In bacteria, mechanosensation is mediated by the mechanosensitive ch ...

    The ability of cells to sense and respond to mechanical force underlies diverse processes such as touch and hearing in animals, gravitropism in plants, and bacterial osmoregulation. In bacteria, mechanosensation is mediated by the mechanosensitive channels of large (MscL), small (MscS), potassium-dependent (MscK) and mini (MscM) conductances. These channels act as 'emergency relief valves' protecting bacteria from lysis upon acute osmotic down-shock. Among them, MscL has been intensively studied since the original identification and characterization 15 years ago. MscL is reversibly and directly gated by changes in membrane tension. In the open state, MscL forms a non-selective 3 nS conductance channel which gates at tensions close to the lytic limit of the bacterial membrane. An earlier crystal structure at 3.5 A resolution of a pentameric MscL from Mycobacterium tuberculosis represents a closed-state or non-conducting conformation. MscL has a complex gating behaviour; it exhibits several intermediates between the closed and open states, including one putative non-conductive expanded state and at least three sub-conducting states. Although our understanding of the closed and open states of MscL has been increasing, little is known about the structures of the intermediate states despite their importance in elucidating the complete gating process of MscL. Here we present the crystal structure of a carboxy-terminal truncation mutant (Delta95-120) of MscL from Staphylococcus aureus (SaMscL(CDelta26)) at 3.8 A resolution. Notably, SaMscL(CDelta26) forms a tetrameric channel with both transmembrane helices tilted away from the membrane normal at angles close to that inferred for the open state, probably corresponding to a non-conductive but partially expanded intermediate state.


    Organizational Affiliation

    Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, USA.




Macromolecules

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetails
Large-conductance mechanosensitive channel
A
114Staphylococcus aureus (strain MW2)Mutation(s): 1 
Gene Names: mscL
Membrane protein
mpstruc
Group: 
TRANSMEMBRANE PROTEINS: ALPHA-HELICAL
Sub Group: 
Channels: Mechanosensitive
Protein: 
MscL Mechanosensitive channel, Δ95-120
Find proteins for P68806 (Staphylococcus aureus (strain MW2))
Go to UniProtKB:  P68806
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 3.82 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.312 
  • R-Value Work: 0.292 
  • Space Group: I 4 3 2
Unit Cell:
Length (Å)Angle (°)
a = 138.589α = 90.00
b = 138.589β = 90.00
c = 138.589γ = 90.00
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
SHELXCDphasing
CNSrefinement
HKL-2000data reduction
HKL-2000data scaling
HKL-2000data collection
SHELXEmodel building

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Entry History 

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  • Version 1.0: 2009-08-25
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-07-13
    Type: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2017-11-01
    Type: Refinement description