Гончарук Марина Валерьевна


Период обученияСтрана, городУчебное заведениеДополнительная информация
1999–2005 Россия, Москва Московский Физико-Технический Институт (Государственный Университет) (МФТИ)

Избранные публикации

  1. Mineev K.S., Goncharuk S.A., Goncharuk M.V., Volynsky P.E., Novikova E.V., Aresinev A.S. (2017). Spatial structure of TLR4 transmembrane domain in bicelles provides the insight into the receptor activation mechanism. Sci Rep 7 (1), 6864 [+]

    Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a key role in the innate and adaptive immune systems. While a lot of structural data is available for the extracellular and cytoplasmic domains of TLRs, and a model of the dimeric full-length TLR3 receptor in the active state was build, the conformation of the transmembrane (TM) domain and juxtamembrane regions in TLR dimers is still unclear. In the present work, we study the transmembrane and juxtamembrane parts of human TLR4 receptor using solution NMR spectroscopy in a variety of membrane mimetics, including phospholipid bicelles. We show that the juxtamembrane hydrophobic region of TLR4 includes a part of long TM α-helix. We report the dimerization interface of the TM domain and claim that long TM domains with transmembrane charged aminoacids is a common feature of human toll-like receptors. This fact is analyzed from the viewpoint of protein activation mechanism, and a model of full-length TLR4 receptor in the dimeric state has been proposed.

  2. Volynsky P.E., Mineeva E.A., Goncharuk M.V., Ermolyuk Y.S., Arseniev A.S., Efremov R.G. (2010). Computer simulations and modeling-assisted ToxR screening in deciphering 3D structures of transmembrane alpha-helical dimers: ephrin receptor A1. Phys Biol 7, 16014 [+]

    Membrane-spanning segments of numerous proteins (e.g. receptor tyrosine kinases) represent a novel class of pharmacologically important targets, whose activity can be modulated by specially designed artificial peptides, the so-called interceptors. Rational construction of such peptides requires understanding of the main factors driving peptide-peptide association in lipid membranes. Here we present a new method for rapid prediction of the spatial structure of transmembrane (TM) helix-helix complexes. It is based on computer simulations in membrane-like media and subsequent refinement/validation of the results using experimental studies of TM helix dimerization in a bacterial membrane by means of the ToxR system. The approach was applied to TM fragments of the ephrin receptor A1 (EphA1). A set of spatial structures of the dimer was proposed based on Monte Carlo simulations in an implicit membrane followed by molecular dynamics relaxation in an explicit lipid bilayer. The resulting models were employed for rational design of wild-type and mutant genetic constructions for ToxR assays. The computational and the experimental data are self-consistent and provide an unambiguous spatial model of the TM dimer of EphA1. The results of this work can be further used to develop new biologically active 'peptide interceptors' specifically targeting membrane domains of proteins.

  3. Bocharov E.V., Mayzel M.L., Volynsky P.E., Goncharuk M.V., Ermolyuk Y.S., Schulga A.A., Artemenko E.O., Efremov R.G., Arseniev A.S. (2008). Spatial structure and pH-dependent conformational diversity of dimeric transmembrane domain of the receptor tyrosine kinase EphA1. J. Biol. Chem. 283 (43), 29385–95 [+]

    Eph receptors are found in a wide variety of cells in developing and mature tissues and represent the largest family of receptor tyrosine kinases, regulating cell shape, movements, and attachment. The receptor tyrosine kinases conduct biochemical signals across plasma membrane via lateral dimerization in which their transmembrane domains play an important role. Structural-dynamic properties of the homodimeric transmembrane domain of the EphA1 receptor were investigated with the aid of solution NMR in lipid bicelles and molecular dynamics in explicit lipid bilayer. EphA1 transmembrane segments associate in a right-handed parallel alpha-helical bundle, region (544-569)(2), through the N-terminal glycine zipper motif A(550)X(3)G(554)X(3)G(558). Under acidic conditions, the N terminus of the transmembrane helix is stabilized by an N-capping box formed by the uncharged carboxyl group of Glu(547), whereas its deprotonation results in a rearrangement of hydrogen bonds, fractional unfolding of the helix, and a realignment of the helix-helix packing with appearance of additional minor dimer conformation utilizing seemingly the C-terminal GG4-like dimerization motif A(560)X(3)G(564). This can be interpreted as the ability of the EphA1 receptor to adjust its response to ligand binding according to extracellular pH. The dependence of the pK(a) value of Glu(547) and the dimer conformational equilibrium on the lipid head charge suggests that both local environment and membrane surface potential can modulate dimerization and activation of the receptor. This makes the EphA1 receptor unique among the Eph family, implying its possible physiological role as an "extracellular pH sensor," and can have relevant physiological implications.