The role of mscl amphipathic n terminus indicates a blueprint for bilayer-mediated gating of mechanosensitive channels

Bavi, N ; Sharif University of Technology | 2016

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11984
  3. Publisher: Nature Publishing Group , 2016
  4. Abstract:
  5. The bacterial mechanosensitive channel MscL gates in response to membrane tension as a result of mechanical force transmitted directly to the channel from the lipid bilayer. MscL represents an excellent model system to study the basic biophysical principles of mechanosensory transduction. However, understanding of the essential structural components that transduce bilayer tension into channel gating remains incomplete. Here using multiple experimental and computational approaches, we demonstrate that the amphipathic N-terminal helix of MscL acts as a crucial structural element during tension-induced gating, both stabilizing the closed state and coupling the channel to the membrane. We propose that this may also represent a common principle in the gating cycle of unrelated mechanosensitive ion channels, allowing the coupling of channel conformation to membrane dynamics
  6. Keywords:
  7. Ion channel ; Monomer ; Mscl monomer ; Unclassified drug ; Bacterium ; Biophysics ; Experimental study ; Lipid ; Membrane ; Model test ; Bilayer membrane ; Channel gating ; Chemical structure ; Conformation ; Controlled study ; Tension ; Bacteria (microorganisms)
  8. Source: Nature Communications ; Volume 7 , 2016 ; 20411723 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27329693