Cross-Linking of a DOPA-Containing Peptide Ligand into Its G Protein-Coupled Receptor

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Umanah G. K. E., Son Ç. D., Ding F., Naider F., Becker J. M.

BIOCHEMISTRY, vol.48, no.9, pp.2033-2044, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/bi802061z
  • Journal Name: BIOCHEMISTRY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2033-2044
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The interaction between a 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) labeled analogue of the tridecapeptide alpha-factor (W-H-W-L-Q-L-K-P-G-Q-P-M-Y) and Ste2p, a Saccharomyces cerevisiae model G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), has been analyzed by periodate-mediated cross-linking. Chemically synthesized alpha-factor with DOPA substituting for tyrosine at position 13 and biotin tagged onto lysine(7)([Lys(7)(BioACA),Nle(12),DOPA(13)]alpha-factor; Bio-DOPA-alpha-factor) was used for cross-linking into Ste2p. The biological activity of Bio-DOPA-alpha-factor was about one-third that of native alpha-factor as determined by growth arrest assay and exhibited about a 10-fold lower binding affinity to Ste2p. Bio-DOPA-alpha-factor cross-linked into Ste2p as demonstrated by Western blot analysis using a neutravidin-HRP conjugate to detect Bio-DOPA-alpha-factor. Cross-linking was inhibited by excess native alpha-factor and an alpha-factor antagonist. The Ste2p-ligand complex was purified using a metal ion affinity column, and after cyanogen bromide treatment, avidin affinity purification was used to capture Bio-DOPA-alpha-factor-Ste2p cross-linked peptides. MALDI-TOF spectrometric analyses of the cross-linked fragments showed that Bio-DOPA-alpha-factor reacted with the Phe(55)-Met(69) region of Ste2p. Cross-linking of Bio-DOPA-alpha-factor was reduced by 80% using a cysteine-less Ste2p (Cys59Ser). These results suggest an interaction between position 13 of a-factor and residue Cys(59) of Ste2p. This study is the first to report DOPA cross-linking of a peptide hormone to a GPCR and the first to identify a residue-to-residue cross-link between Ste2p and alpha-factor, thereby defining a specific contact point between the bound ligand and its receptor.