Disentangling the recognition complexity of a protein hub using a nanopore

Lauren Ashley Mayse, Ali Imran, Motahareh Ghahari Larimi, Michael S. Cosgrove, Aaron James Wolfe, Liviu Movileanu

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WD40 repeat proteins are frequently involved in processing cell signaling and scaffolding large multi-subunit machineries. Despite their significance in physiological and disease-like conditions, their reversible interactions with other proteins remain modestly examined. Here, we show the development and validation of a protein nanopore for the detection and quantification of WD40 repeat protein 5 (WDR5), a chromatin-associated hub involved in epigenetic regulation of histone methylation. Our nanopore sensor is equipped with a 14-residue Win motif of mixed lineage leukemia 4 methyltransferase (MLL4Win), a WDR5 ligand. Our approach reveals a broad dynamic range of MLL4Win-WDR5 interactions and three distant subpopulations of binding events, representing three modes of protein recognition. The three binding events are confirmed as specific interactions using a weakly binding WDR5 derivative and various environmental contexts. These outcomes demonstrate the substantial sensitivity of our nanopore sensor, which can be utilized in protein analytics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number978
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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