Crystal structure of maltose-binding protein mutant with bound sucrose

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.00 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.284 
  • R-Value Work: 0.228 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.231 

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Studies of the maltose transport system reveal a mechanism for coupling ATP hydrolysis to substrate translocation without direct recognition of substrate.

Gould, A.D.Shilton, B.H.

(2010) J Biol Chem 285: 11290-11296

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M109.089078
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    3HPI, 3KJT

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    The ATPase activity of the maltose transporter (MalFGK(2)) is dependent on interactions with the maltose-binding protein (MBP). To determine whether direct interactions between the translocated sugar and MalFGK(2) are important for the regulation of ATP hydrolysis, we used an MBP mutant (sMBP) that is able to bind either maltose or sucrose. We observed that maltose- and sucrose-bound sMBP stimulate equal levels of MalFGK(2) ATPase activity. Therefore, the ATPase activity of MalFGK(2) is coupled to translocation of maltose solely by interactions between MalFGK(2) and MBP. For both maltose and sucrose, the ability of sMBP to stimulate the MalFGK(2) ATPase was greatly reduced compared with wild-type MBP, indicating that the mutations in sMBP have interfered with important interactions between MBP and MalFGK(2). High resolution crystal structure analysis of sMBP shows that in the closed conformation with bound sucrose, three of four mutations are buried, and the fourth causes only a minor change in the accessible surface. In contrast, in the open form of sMBP, all of the mutations are accessible, and the main chain of Tyr(62)-Gly(69) is destabilized and occupies an alternative conformation due to the W62Y mutation. On this basis, the compromised ability of sMBP to stimulate ATP hydrolysis by MalFGK(2) is most likely due to a disruption of interactions between MalFGK(2) and the open, rather than the closed, conformation of sMBP. Modeling the open sMBP structure bound to MalFGK(2) in the transition state for ATP hydrolysis points to an important site of interaction and suggests a mechanism for coupling ATP hydrolysis to substrate translocation that is independent of the exact structure of the substrate.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6B 2G3, Canada.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Maltose-binding periplasmic protein
A, B
372Escherichia coli K-12Mutation(s): 4 
Gene Names: b4034JW3994malE
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Go to UniProtKB:  P0AEX9
Entity Groups  
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UniProt GroupP0AEX9
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence


Entity ID: 2
MoleculeChains Length2D Diagram Glycosylation3D Interactions
C, D
Glycosylation Resources
GlyTouCan:  G05551OP
GlyCosmos:  G05551OP
Biologically Interesting Molecules (External Reference) 1 Unique
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.00 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.284 
  • R-Value Work: 0.228 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.231 
  • Space Group: P 21 21 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 60.042α = 90
b = 85.229β = 90
c = 132.864γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling
PDB_EXTRACTdata extraction
HKL-2000data collection
HKL-2000data reduction

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Entry History 

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Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2010-02-09
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Source and taxonomy, Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2017-11-01
    Changes: Refinement description
  • Version 2.0: 2020-07-29
    Type: Remediation
    Reason: Carbohydrate remediation
    Changes: Atomic model, Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Non-polymer description, Structure summary
  • Version 2.1: 2021-10-13
    Changes: Database references, Structure summary
  • Version 2.2: 2023-09-06
    Changes: Data collection, Refinement description