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Molecular basis of ubiquitin chain synthesis and recognition

  • Author / Creator
    Markin, Craig J
  • K63-linked polyubiquitin is synthesized by the E2 Ubc13, and plays non-degradative roles in immunity and the DNA damage response, yet a full molecular understanding of its synthesis and subsequent recognition remains incomplete. Although previously considered a slow enzyme, we demonstrate that Ubc13 is able to achieve a significant rate enhancement in synthesis of K63-linked Ub2, even in a putative off-state. Using a non-steady state kinetic approach to measure K63-linked polyUb formation, we are able to measure a true, rather than apparent, kcat for Ub2 formation. Accurate knowledge of this value provides mechanistic insight that would otherwise remain obscure. These non-steady-state approaches provide the groundwork for quantitative measurement of the activated E2 in the presence of E3 enzymes, the latter currently thought to function in activating their cognate E2s. In response to DNA double strand breaks, K63-linked polyUb is synthesized on adjacent histones. RAP80 recognizes these chains using ubiquitin interacting motifs (UIMs) and recruits downstream repair proteins. The presence of tandem UIMs and multiple Ub molecules tethered together in the chains leverages multivalency to increase the affinity. We use a novel combination of NMR methods and thermodynamic binding models to dissect these complex interactions to develop a molecular basis for signal amplification through multivalency. For interactions characterized by relatively fast kinetics, NMR is a powerful method for determining binding thermodynamics. We developed two novel methodologies which increase both the accuracy and precision of thermodynamic values obtained from NMR chemical shift titrations. These are sampling schemes in which the concentrations of analyte and titrant are varied simultaneously. Simulations are used to demonstrate the potential for increased accuracy and precision while titrations of Mms2 with ubiquitin demonstrate the experimental feasibility. Whereas chemical shifts provide thermodynamic information, the full line-shapes conceal kinetic information. We demonstrate that classical line-shape analysis allows for determination of kinetics over a broad range of biologically relevant exchange rates, which can be widened using our sampling methods. This provides the opportunity of accurately and precisely quantifying both thermodynamics and kinetics from a single NMR chemical shift titration.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3RQ2P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Department of Biochemistry
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Spyracopoulos, Leo (Department of Biochemistry)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Glover, Mark (Department of Biochemistry)
    • McIntosh, Lawrence (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia)
    • LaPointe, Paul (Department of Cell Biology)
    • Sykes, Brian (Department of Biochemistry)