A Mets motif peptide found in copper transport proteins selectively binds Cu(I) with methionine-only coordination.

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Mets motifs, which refer to methionine-rich sequences found in the high-affinity copper transporter Ctr1, also appear in other proteins involved in copper trafficking and homeostasis, including other Ctrs as well as Pco and Cop proteins isolated from copper-resistant bacteria. To understand the coordination chemistry utilized by these proteins, we studied the copper binding properties of a peptide labeled Mets7-PcoC with the sequence Met-Thr-Gly-Met-Lys-Gly-Met-Ser. By comparing this sequence to a series of mutants containing noncoordinating norleucine in place of methionine, we confirm that all three methionine residues are involved in a thioether-only binding site that is selective for Cu(I). Two independent methods, one based on mass spectrometry and one based on rate differences for the copper-catalyzed oxidation of ascorbic acid, provide an effective K(D) of approximately 2.5 microM at pH 4.5 for the 1:1 complex of Mets7-PcoC with Cu(I). These results establish that a relatively simple peptide containing an MX(2)MX(2)M motif is sufficient to bind Cu(I) with an affinity that corresponds well with its proposed biological function of extracellular copper acquisition.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jiang, J; Nadas, IA; Kim, MA; Franz, KJ

Published Date

  • December 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 26

Start / End Page

  • 9787 - 9794

PubMed ID

  • 16363848

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-510X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-1669

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/ic051180m


  • eng