Bound nucleotide can control the dynamic architecture of monomeric actin

Rustam Ali, Jacob A. Zahm, Michael K. Rosen

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Polymerization of actin into cytoskeletal filaments is coupled to its bound adenine nucleotides. The mechanism by which nucleotide modulates actin functions has not been evident from analyses of ATP- and ADP-bound crystal structures of the actin monomer. We report that NMR chemical shift differences between the two forms are globally distributed. Furthermore, microsecond–millisecond motions are spread throughout the molecule in the ATP form, but largely confined to subdomains 1 and 2, and the nucleotide binding site in the ADP form. Through these motions, the ATP- and ADP-bound forms sample different high-energy conformations. A deafness-causing, fast-nucleating actin mutant populates the high-energy conformer of ATP-actin more than the wild-type protein, suggesting that this conformer may be on the pathway to nucleation. Together, the data suggest a model in which differential sampling of a nucleation-compatible form of the actin monomer may contribute to control of actin filament dynamics by nucleotide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-328
Number of pages9
JournalNature Structural and Molecular Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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