Multiple pocket recognition of SNAP25 by botulinum neurotoxin serotype E

Sheng Chen, Joseph T. Barbieri

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Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are zinc proteases that cleave SNARE proteins to elicit flaccid paralysis by inhibiting the fusion of neurotransmitter- carrying vesicles to the plasma membrane of peripheral neurons. There are seven serotypes of BoNT, termed A-G. The molecular basis for SNAP25 recognition and cleavage by BoNT serotype E is currently unclear. Here we define the multiple pocket recognition of SNAP25 by LC/E. The initial recognition of SNAP25 is mediated by the binding of the B region of SNAP25 to the substrate-binding (B) region of LC/E comprising Leu166, Arg167, Asp 127, Ala128, Ser129, and Ala130. The mutations at these residues affected substrate binding and catalysis. Three additional residues participate in scissile bond cleavage of SNAP25 by LC/E. The P3 site residues, Ile178, of SNAP25 interacted with the S3 pocket in LC/E through hydrophobic interactions. The S3 pocket included Ile47, Ile164, and Ile182 and appeared to align the P1′ and P2 residues of SNAP25 with the S1′ and S2 pockets of LC/E. The S1′ pocket of LC/E included three residues, Phe191, Thr 159, and Thr208, which contribute hydrophobic and steric interactions with the SNAP25 P1′ residue Ile181. The S2 pocket residue of LC/E, Lys224, binds the P2 residue of SNAP25, Asp 179, through ionic interactions. Deletion mapping indicates that main chain interaction(s) of residues 182-186 of SNAP25 contribute to substrate recognition by LC/E. Understanding the mechanism for substrate specificity provides insight for the development of inhibitors against the botulinum neurotoxins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25540-25547
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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