Confirming the Revised C-Terminal Domain of the MscL Crystal Structure
Article, Other literature type
Maurer, Joshua A.
Elmore, Donald E.
Lester, Henry A.
Dougherty, Dennis A.
- Publisher: The Biophysical Society
Channels, Receptors, and Electrical Signaling | Biophysics
The structure of the C-terminal domain of the mechanosensitive channel of large conductance (MscL) has generated significant controversy. As a result, several structures have been proposed for this region: the original crystal structure (1MSL) of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis homolog (Tb), a model of the Escherichia coli homolog, and, most recently, a revised crystal structure of Tb-MscL (2OAR). To understand which of these structures represents a physiological conformation, we measured the impact of mutations to the C-terminal domain on the thermal stability of Tb-MscL using circular dichroism and performed molecular dynamics simulations of the original and the revised crystal structures of Tb-MscL. Our results imply that this region is helical and adopts an α-helical bundle conformation similar to that observed in the E. coli MscL model and the revised Tb-MscL crystal structure.