Domain structure and function of dynamin probed by limited proteolysis

Amy B. Muhlberg, Sandra L. Schmid

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Dynamin is a 100-kDa GTPase with multiple domains. Some of these have known functions, namely, the N-terminal GTPase domain, the PH domain that binds phosphatidylinositol lipids, and the C-terminal proline-arginine-rich domain (PRD) that binds to several SH3 domain-containing dynamin partners. Others, for example, the "middle" located between the GTPase domain and the PH domain and a predicted α-helical domain located between the PH domain and PRD, have unknown functions. Dynamin exists as a homotetramer in solution and self-assembles into higher-order structures resembling rings and helical stacks of rings. Dynamin self-assembly stimulates its GTPase activity. We used limited proteolysis to dissect dynamin's domain structure and to gain insight into intradomain interactions that regulate dynamin self-assembly and stimulate GTPase activity. We found that the PH domain functions as a negative regulator of dynamin self-assembly and stimulates GTPase activity and that the α-helical domain, termed GED for GTPase effector domain, is required for stimulated GTPase activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-483
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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