The ghrelin O-acyltransferase structure reveals a catalytic channel for transmembrane hormone acylation

Maria B. Campaña, Flaviyan Jerome Irudayanathan, Tasha R. Davis, Kayleigh R. McGovern-Gooch, Rosemary Loftus, Mohammad Ashkar, Najae Escoffery, Melissa Navarro, Michelle A. Sieburg, Shikha Nangia, James L. Hougland

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Abstract

Integral membrane proteins represent a large and diverse portion of the proteome and are often recalcitrant to purification, impeding studies essential for understanding protein structure and function. By combining co-evolutionary constraints and computational modeling with biochemical validation through site-directed mutagenesis and enzyme activity assays, we demonstrate here a synergistic approach to structurally model purification-resistant topologically complex integral membrane proteins. We report the first structural model of a eukaryotic membrane-bound O-acyltransferase (MBOAT), ghrelin O-acyltransferase (GOAT), which modifies the metabolism-regulating hormone ghrelin. Our structure, generated in the absence of any experimental structural data, revealed an unanticipated strategy for transmembrane protein acylation with catalysis occurring in an internal channel connecting the endoplasmic reticulum lumen and cytoplasm. This finding validated the power of our approach to generate predictive structural models for other experimentally challenging integral membrane proteins. Our results illuminate novel aspects of membrane protein function and represent key steps for advancing structure-guided inhibitor design to target therapeutically important but experimentally intractable membrane proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14166-14174
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume294
Issue number39
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Acyltransferases
Acylation
Ghrelin
Membrane Proteins
Hormones
Structural Models
Purification
Mutagenesis
Enzyme Assays
Enzyme activity
Proteome
Site-Directed Mutagenesis
Catalysis
Metabolism
Endoplasmic Reticulum
Assays
Cytoplasm
Proteins
Membranes

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  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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Campaña, M. B., Irudayanathan, F. J., Davis, T. R., McGovern-Gooch, K. R., Loftus, R., Ashkar, M., ... Hougland, J. L. (2019). The ghrelin O-acyltransferase structure reveals a catalytic channel for transmembrane hormone acylation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 294(39), 14166-14174. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.AC119.009749

The ghrelin O-acyltransferase structure reveals a catalytic channel for transmembrane hormone acylation. / Campaña, Maria B.; Irudayanathan, Flaviyan Jerome; Davis, Tasha R.; McGovern-Gooch, Kayleigh R.; Loftus, Rosemary; Ashkar, Mohammad; Escoffery, Najae; Navarro, Melissa; Sieburg, Michelle A.; Nangia, Shikha; Hougland, James L.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 294, No. 39, 01.01.2019, p. 14166-14174.

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Campaña, MB, Irudayanathan, FJ, Davis, TR, McGovern-Gooch, KR, Loftus, R, Ashkar, M, Escoffery, N, Navarro, M, Sieburg, MA, Nangia, S & Hougland, JL 2019, 'The ghrelin O-acyltransferase structure reveals a catalytic channel for transmembrane hormone acylation', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 294, no. 39, pp. 14166-14174. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.AC119.009749
Campaña MB, Irudayanathan FJ, Davis TR, McGovern-Gooch KR, Loftus R, Ashkar M et al. The ghrelin O-acyltransferase structure reveals a catalytic channel for transmembrane hormone acylation. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2019 Jan 1;294(39):14166-14174. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.AC119.009749
Campaña, Maria B. ; Irudayanathan, Flaviyan Jerome ; Davis, Tasha R. ; McGovern-Gooch, Kayleigh R. ; Loftus, Rosemary ; Ashkar, Mohammad ; Escoffery, Najae ; Navarro, Melissa ; Sieburg, Michelle A. ; Nangia, Shikha ; Hougland, James L. / The ghrelin O-acyltransferase structure reveals a catalytic channel for transmembrane hormone acylation. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2019 ; Vol. 294, No. 39. pp. 14166-14174.
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