Structural, functional, and bioinformatics studies reveal a new snake venom homologue phospholipase A(2) class

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dos Santos, Juliana I. [UNESP]
Cintra-Francischinelli, Mariana
Borges, Rafael J. [UNESP]
Fernandes, Carlos A. H. [UNESP]
Pizzo, Paola
Cintra, Adelia C. O.
Braz, Antonio S. K. [UNESP]
Soares, Andreimar M.
Fontes, Marcos R. M. [UNESP]

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Phospholipases A(2) (PLA(2)s) are enzymes responsible for membrane disruption through Ca2+-dependent hydrolysis of phospholipids. Lys49-PLA(2)s are well-characterized homologue PLA(2)s that do not show catalytic activity but can exert a pronounced local myotoxic effect. These homologue PLA(2)s were first believed to present residual catalytic activity but experiments with a recombinant toxin show they are incapable of catalysis. Herein, we present a new homologue Asp49-PLA(2) (BthTX-II) that is also able to exert muscle damage. This toxin was isolated in 1992 and characterized as presenting very low catalytic activity. Interestingly, this myotoxic homologue Asp49-PLA(2) conserves all the residues responsible for Ca2+ coordination and of the catalytic network, features thought to be fundamental for PLA(2) enzymatic activity. Previous crystallographic studies of apo BthTX-II suggested this toxin could be catalytically inactive since a distortion in the calcium binding loop was observed. In this article, we show BthTX-II is not catalytic based on an in vitro cell viability assay and time-lapse experiments on C2C12 myotube cell cultures, X-ray crystallography and phylogenetic studies. Cell culture experiments show that BthTX-II is devoid of catalytic activity, as already observed for Lys49-PLA(2)s. Crystallographic studies of the complex BthTX-II/Ca2+ show that the distortion of the calcium binding loop is still present and impairs ion coordination even though Ca2+ are found interacting with other regions of the protein. Phylogenetic studies demonstrate that BthTX-II is more phylogenetically related to Lys49-PLA(2)s than to other Asp49-PLA(2)s, thus allowing Crotalinae subfamily PLA(2)s to be classified into two main branches: a catalytic and a myotoxic one. Proteins 2011; 79: 61-78. (C) 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.



phospholipase A(2), myotoxin, X-ray crystallography, phylogenetic analysis, myotube cell culture, calcium imaging

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Proteins-structure Function and Bioinformatics. Malden: Wiley-blackwell, v. 79, n. 1, p. 61-78, 2011.