Шенкарёв Захар Олегович

Доктор физико-математических наук

Руководитель подразделения (Группа структурной биологии ионных каналов)

Эл. почта: zakhar-shenkarev@yandex.ru

Избранные публикации

  1. Shenkarev Z.O., Karlova M.G., Kulbatskii D.S., Kirpichnikov M.P., Lyukmanova E.N., Sokolova O.S. (2018). Recombinant Production, Reconstruction in Lipid-Protein Nanodiscs, and Electron Microscopy of Full-Length α-Subunit of Human Potassium Channel Kv7.1. Biochemistry Mosc. 83 (5), 562–573 [+]

    Voltage-gated potassium channel Kv7.1 plays an important role in the excitability of cardiac muscle. The α-subunit of Kv7.1 (KCNQ1) is the main structural element of this channel. Tetramerization of KCNQ1 in the membrane results in formation of an ion channel, which comprises a pore and four voltage-sensing domains. Mutations in the human KCNQ1 gene are one of the major causes of inherited arrhythmias, long QT syndrome in particular. The construct encoding full-length human KCNQ1 protein was synthesized in this work, and an expression system in the Pichia pastoris yeast cells was developed. The membrane fraction of the yeast cells containing the recombinant protein (rKCNQ1) was solubilized with CHAPS detergent. To better mimic the lipid environment of the channel, lipid-protein nanodiscs were formed using solubilized membrane fraction and MSP2N2 protein. The rKCNQ1/nanodisc and rKCNQ1/CHAPS samples were purified using the Rho1D4 tag introduced at the C-terminus of the protein. Protein samples were examined using transmission electron microscopy with negative staining. In both cases, homogeneous rKCNQ1 samples were observed based on image analysis. Statistical analysis of the images of individual protein particles solubilized in the detergent revealed the presence of a tetrameric structure confirming intact subunit assembly. A three-dimensional channel structure reconstructed at 2.5-nm resolution represents a compact density with diameter of the membrane part of ~9 nm and height ~11 nm. Analysis of the images of rKCNQ1 in nanodiscs revealed additional electron density corresponding to the lipid bilayer fragment and the MSP2N2 protein. These results indicate that the nanodiscs facilitate protein isolation, purification, and stabilization in solution and can be used for further structural studies of human Kv7.1.

  2. Männikkö R., Shenkarev Z.O., Thor M.G., Berkut A.A., Myshkin M.Y., Paramonov A.S., Kulbatskii D.S., Kuzmin D.A., SampedroCastañeda M., King L., Wilson E.R., Lyukmanova E.N., Kirpichnikov M.P., Schorge S., Bosmans F., Hanna M.G., Kullmann D.M., Vassilevski A.A. (2018). Spider toxin inhibits gating pore currents underlying periodic paralysis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 115 (17), 4495–4500 [+]

    Gating pore currents through the voltage-sensing domains (VSDs) of the skeletal muscle voltage-gated sodium channel Na1.4 underlie hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoPP) type 2. Gating modifier toxins target ion channels by modifying the function of the VSDs. We tested the hypothesis that these toxins could function as blockers of the pathogenic gating pore currents. We report that a crab spider toxin Hm-3 from can inhibit gating pore currents due to mutations affecting the second arginine residue in the S4 helix of VSD-I that we have found in patients with HypoPP and describe here. NMR studies show that Hm-3 partitions into micelles through a hydrophobic cluster formed by aromatic residues and reveal complex formation with VSD-I through electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions with the S3b helix and the S3-S4 extracellular loop. Our data identify VSD-I as a specific binding site for neurotoxins on sodium channels. Gating modifier toxins may constitute useful hits for the treatment of HypoPP.

  3. Lyukmanova E.N., Bychkov M.L., Sharonov G.V., Efremenko A.V., Shulepko M.A., Kulbatskii D.S., Shenkarev Z.O., Feofanov A.V., Dolgikh D.A., Kirpichnikov M.P. (2018). Human secreted proteins SLURP-1 and SLURP-2 control the growth of epithelial cancer cells via interactions with nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Br. J. Pharmacol. , [+]

    Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are a promising target for development of new anticancer therapies. Here we have investigated the effects of the endogenous human proteins SLURP-1 and SLURP-2, antagonists of nAChRs, on human epithelial cancer cells.

  4. Sychev S.V., Sukhanov S.V., Panteleev P.V., Shenkarev Z.O., Ovchinnikova T.V. (2017). Marine antimicrobial peptide arenicin adopts a monomeric twisted β-hairpin structure and forms low conductivity pores in zwitterionic lipid bilayers. Biopolymers , [+]

    Arenicins are 21-residue β-hairpin antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) isolated from the marine lugworm Arenicola marina [Ovchinnikova et al., FEBS Lett. 2004;577:209-214]. The peptides have a high positive charge (+6) and display a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities against bacteria and fungi. Arenicins adopt the monomeric highly twisted β-hairpin in water or planar β-structural dimers in anionic liposomes and detergent micelles. Until now, the interaction of cationic β-structural AMPs with zwitterionic phospholipid bilayers mimicking eukaryotic membranes is not well understood. To study the structural basis of arenicins activity against eukaryotic cells, we investigated arenicin-2 in the solvents of low polarity (ethanol, 4% dioxane) and in zwitterionic soybean PC and PC/PE liposomes by CD and FTIR spectroscopy. It was shown that arenicin-2 adopted the twisted β-hairpin structure in all the environments studied. Measurements of the Trp fluorescence and H→D exchange in soybean PC liposomes and boundary potential in the planar DPhPC bilayers confirmed the partitioning of the arenicin-2 monomers into interfacial region of the zwitterionic membranes. The low-conductivity (0.12 nS) arenicin-2 pores were detected in the DPhPC bilayers. The lifetime of the open state (up to 260 ms) was significantly longer than lifetime of low-conductivity (0.23 nS) pores previously described in partially anionic membranes (44 ms). The formation of narrow arenicin-2 pores without disruption of the membrane was discussed in the light of the disordered toroidal pore model previously proposed for β-structural AMPs [Jean - Francois et al. Biophys. J. 2008;95:5748 - 5756]. A novel non-lytic mechanism of the arenicin-2 action was proposed.

  5. Shenkarev Z.O., Melnikova D.N., Finkina E.I., Sukhanov S.V., Boldyrev I.A., Gizatullina A.K., Mineev K.S., Arseniev A.S., Ovchinnikova T.V. (2017). Ligand Binding Properties of the Lentil Lipid Transfer Protein: Molecular Insight into the Possible Mechanism of Lipid Uptake. Biochemistry 56 (12), 1785–1796 [+]

    The lentil lipid transfer protein, designated as Lc-LTP2, was isolated from Lens culinaris seeds. The protein belongs to the LTP1 subfamily and consists of 93 amino acid residues. Its spatial structure includes four α-helices (H1-H4) and a long C-terminal tail. Here, we report the ligand binding properties of Lc-LTP2. The fluorescent 2-p-toluidinonaphthalene-6-sulfonate binding assay revealed that the affinity of Lc-LTP2 for saturated and unsaturated fatty acids was enhanced with a decrease in acyl-chain length. Measurements of boundary potential in planar lipid bilayers and calcein dye leakage in vesicular systems revealed preferential interaction of Lc-LTP2 with the negatively charged membranes. Lc-LTP2 more efficiently transferred anionic dimyristoylphosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) than zwitterionic dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine. Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments confirmed the higher affinity of Lc-LTP2 for anionic lipids and those with smaller volumes of hydrophobic chains. The acyl chains of the bound lysopalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (LPPG), DMPG, or dihexanoylphosphatidylcholine molecules occupied the internal hydrophobic cavity, while their headgroups protruded into the aqueous environment between helices H1 and H3. The spatial structure and backbone dynamics of the Lc-LTP2-LPPG complex were determined. The internal cavity was expanded from ∼600 to ∼1000 Å(3) upon the ligand binding. Another entrance into the internal cavity, restricted by the H2-H3 interhelical loop and C-terminal tail, appeared to be responsible for the attachment of Lc-LTP2 to the membrane or micelle surface and probably played an important role in the lipid uptake determining the ligand specificity. Our results confirmed the previous assumption regarding the membrane-mediated antimicrobial action of Lc-LTP2 and afforded molecular insight into its biological role in the plant.

  6. Paramonov A.S., Lyukmanova E.N., Myshkin M.Y., Shulepko M.A., Kulbatskii D.S., Petrosian N.S., Chugunov A.O., Dolgikh D.A., Kirpichnikov M.P., Arseniev A.S., Shenkarev Z.O. (2017). NMR investigation of the isolated second voltage-sensing domain of human Nav1.4 channel. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1859 (3), 493–506 [+]

    Voltage-gated Na(+) channels are essential for the functioning of cardiovascular, muscular, and nervous systems. The α-subunit of eukaryotic Na(+) channel consists of ~2000 amino acid residues and encloses 24 transmembrane (TM) helices, which form five membrane domains: four voltage-sensing (VSD) and one pore domain. The structural complexity significantly impedes recombinant production and structural studies of full-sized Na(+) channels. Modular organization of voltage-gated channels gives an idea for studying of the isolated second VSD of human skeletal muscle Nav1.4 channel (VSD-II). Several variants of VSD-II (~150a.a., four TM helices) with different N- and C-termini were produced by cell-free expression. Screening of membrane mimetics revealed low stability of VSD-II samples in media containing phospholipids (bicelles, nanodiscs) associated with the aggregation of electrically neutral domain molecules. The almost complete resonance assignment of (13)C,(15)N-labeled VSD-II was obtained in LPPG micelles. The secondary structure of VSD-II showed similarity with the structures of bacterial Na(+) channels. The fragment of S4 TM helix between the first and second conserved Arg residues probably adopts 310-helical conformation. Water accessibility of S3 helix, observed by the Mn(2+) titration, pointed to the formation of water-filled crevices in the micelle embedded VSD-II. (15)N relaxation data revealed characteristic pattern of μs-ms time scale motions in the VSD-II regions sharing expected interhelical contacts. VSD-II demonstrated enhanced mobility at ps-ns time scale as compared to isolated VSDs of K(+) channels. These results validate structural studies of isolated VSDs of Na(+) channels and show possible pitfalls in application of this 'divide and conquer' approach.

  7. Panteleev P.V., Myshkin M.Y., Shenkarev Z.O., Ovchinnikova T.V. (2017). Dimerization of the antimicrobial peptide arenicin plays a key role in the cytotoxicity but not in the antibacterial activity. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 482 (4), 1320–1326 [+]

    The β-hairpin antimicrobial peptides arenicins from marine polychaeta Arenicola marina exhibit a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and high cytotoxicity. In this study the biological activities of arenicin-1 and its therapeutically valuable analog Ar-1[V8R] were investigated. The peptide Ar-1[V8R] displays significantly reduced cytotoxicity against mammalian cells relative to the wild-type arenicin-1. At the same time, both peptides exhibit similar antibacterial activities and kinetics of bacterial membrane permeabilization. Comparative NMR analysis of the peptides spatial structures in water and membrane-mimicking environment showed that Ar-1[V8R] in contrast to arenicin has significantly lower dimerization propensity. Thus, dimerization of the antimicrobial peptide arenicin plays a key role in the cytotoxicity but not in the antibacterial activity.

  8. Парамонов А.С., Кульбацкий Д.С., Локтюшов Е.В., Царев А.В., Долгих Д.А., Шенкарёв З.О., Кирпичников М.П., Люкманова Е.Н. (2017). Рекомбинантная продукция и исследование структуры белков человека Lypd6 и Lypd6b. Биоорг. хим. 43 (6), 620–630 [+]

    Белки человека Lypd6 и Lypd6b экспрессируются во многих тканях и имеют высокую степень гомо-
    логии аминокислотной последовательности (~ 54%). Оба белка в отличие от других белков семейства
    Ly6/uPAR имеют дополнительные протяженные N- и С-концевые аминокислотные последователь-
    ности, примыкающие к трехпетельному LU-домену, роль которых на данный момент не изучена. Из-
    вестно, что Lypd6 увеличивает амплитуду токов кальция, индуцированных никотином в нейронах
    тройничного нерва мыши. Lypd6 рыбки Danio rerio участвует в регуляции Wnt/β-катенин сигнального
    каскада, и блокирование экспрессии гена lypd6 приводит к нарушению эмбрионального развития.
    Экспрессия Lypd6b в ооцитах X. laevis повышает чувствительность никотиновых ацетилхолиновых ре-
    цепторов к ацетилхолину и увеличивает скорость их десенситизации. Молекулярные механизмы дей-
    ствия, равно как и пространственная структура Lypd6 и Lypd6b, до сих пор не изучены. В представ-
    ленной работе получены и экспрессированы гены водорастворимых аналогов трехпетельных белков
    человека Lypd6 и Lypd6b, не содержащих N-концевые последовательности (rLypd6 и rLypd6b), а также
    Lypd6 с N-концевой последовательностью – N-rLypd6. Белки получали в виде цитоплазматических
    телец включения в E. coli с последующей солюбилизацией в денатурирующих условиях и ренатураци-
    ей. С целью оптимизации выхода рекомбинантных белков был проведен поиск условий ренатурации.
    Анализ полученных препаратов N-rLypd6, rLypd6 и rLypd6b методами ЯМР-спектроскопии показал,
    что N-rLypd6, возможно, не структурирован. Получение миллиграммовых количеств изотопно-ме-
    ченных вариантов rLypd6 и rLypd6b позволило охарактеризовать вторичную структуру этих белков
    и исследовать внутримолекулярную подвижность. Установлено, что rLypd6 и rLypd6b обладают струк-
    турными элементами, характерными для трехпетельных белков семейства Ly6/uPAR с некоторыми
    уникальными особенностями, такими как наличие дополнительной дисульфидной связи в третьей
    петле и спиральных участков в первой и третьей петлях.


    Потенциал-зависимые K+- и Na+-ионные каналы вовлечены в широкий спектр физиологических
    процессов, включая возбудимость сердечных, мышечных и нервных клеток, а также секрецию гор-
    монов и нейромедиаторов. Эти каналы имеют модульную структуру и состоят из пяти мембранных
    доменов: четырех потенциал-чувствительных доменов (ПЧД) и одного порового домена. На ПЧД раз-
    личных каналов локализованы уникальные сайты связывания с лигандами, поэтому ПЧД рассматри-
    ваются в качестве перспективных фармакологических мишеней. Модульная организация ионных ка-
    налов позволяет ставить задачи по структурным ЯМР-исследованиям изолированных ПЧД отдельно
    от поры. В настоящей работе рассмотрена возможность таких исследований на примере ПЧД канала
    Kv2.1 человека и первого ПЧД канала Nav1.4 человека. Разработаны сопряженные системы бескле-
    точного синтеза на основе бактериального экстракта S30 из E. coli, позволяющие получать милли-
    граммовые количества препаратов ПЧД, включая меченые стабильными изотопами аналоги. Важным
    этапом ЯМР-исследований является подбор мембраномоделирующей среды, обеспечивающей дол-
    говременную стабильность природной структуры мембранного белка в растворе и высокое качество
    ЯМР-спектров. Скрининг различных сред показал, что домены каналов Kv2.1 и Nav1.4 нестабильны
    в средах, содержащих фосфолипиды: мицеллах короткоцепочечного липида DC7PC и липид-детер-
    гентных бицеллах на основе цвиттер-ионных или анионных насыщенных липидов (DMPC и DMPG).
    Показано, что оптимальной средой для структурных ЯМР-исследований являются смеси цвиттер-
    ионного и слабокатионного детергентов (FOS-12/LDAO). Однако, несмотря на высокое качество
    спектров, образец ПЧД канала Nav1.4 в окружении FOS-12/LDAO необратимо агрегировал в течение
    нескольких дней. Вероятно, ПЧД K+- и Na+-каналов человека не являются полностью автономными
    мембранными доменами и для их стабилизации необходимы контакты с другими доменами канала.

  10. Deev S.L., Paramonov A.S., Shestakova T.S., Khalymbadzha I.A., Chupakhin O.N., Subbotina J.O., Eltsov O.S., Slepukhin P.A., Rusinov V.L., Arseniev A.S., Shenkarev Z.O. (2017). N-Labelling and structure determination of adamantylated azolo-azines in solution. Beilstein J Org Chem 13, 2535–2548 [+]

    Determining the accurate chemical structures of synthesized compounds is essential for biomedical studies and computer-assisted drug design. The unequivocal determination of N-adamantylation or N-arylation site(s) in nitrogen-rich heterocycles, characterized by a low density of hydrogen atoms, using NMR methods at natural isotopic abundance is difficult. In these compounds, the heterocyclic moiety is covalently attached to the carbon atom of the substituent group that has no bound hydrogen atoms, and the connection between the two moieties of the compound cannot always be established via conventional H-H and H-C NMR correlation experiments (COSY and HMBC, respectively) or nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy (NOESY or ROESY). The selective incorporation of N-labelled atoms in different positions of the heterocyclic core allowed for the use of H-N () and C-N () coupling constants for the structure determinations of N-alkylated nitrogen-containing heterocycles in solution. This method was tested on the N-adamantylated products in a series of azolo-1,2,4-triazines and 1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-]pyrimidine. The syntheses of adamantylated azolo-azines were based on the interactions of azolo-azines and 1-adamatanol in TFA solution. For azolo-1,2,4-triazinones, the formation of mixtures of -adamantyl derivatives was observed. The and values were measured using amplitude-modulated 1D H spin-echo experiments with the selective inversion of the N nuclei and line-shape analysis in the 1D С spectra acquired with selective N decoupling, respectively. Additional spin-spin interactions were detected in the N-HMBC spectra. NMR data and DFT (density functional theory) calculations permitted to suggest a possible mechanism of isomerization for the adamantylated products of the azolo-1,2,4-triazines. The combined analysis of the and couplings in N-labelled compounds provides an efficient method for the structure determination of N-alkylated azolo-azines even in the case of isomer formation. The isomerization of adamantylated tetrazolo[1,5-][1,2,4]triazin-7-ones in acidic conditions occurs through the formation of the adamantyl cation.

  11. Lyukmanova E.N., Shulepko M.A., Shenkarev Z.O., Bychkov M.L., Paramonov A.S., Chugunov A.O., Kulbatskii D.S., Arvaniti M., Dolejsi E., Schaer T., Arseniev A.S., Efremov R.G., Thomsen M.S., Dolezal V., Bertrand D., Dolgikh D.A., Kirpichnikov M.P. (2016). Secreted Isoform of Human Lynx1 (SLURP-2): Spatial Structure and Pharmacology of Interactions with Different Types of Acetylcholine Receptors. Sci Rep 6, 30698 [+]

    Human-secreted Ly-6/uPAR-related protein-2 (SLURP-2) regulates the growth and differentiation of epithelial cells. Previously, the auto/paracrine activity of SLURP-2 was considered to be mediated via its interaction with the α3β2 subtype of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). Here, we describe the structure and pharmacology of a recombinant analogue of SLURP-2. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy revealed a 'three-finger' fold of SLURP-2 with a conserved β-structural core and three protruding loops. Affinity purification using cortical extracts revealed that SLURP-2 could interact with the α3, α4, α5, α7, β2, and β4 nAChR subunits, revealing its broader pharmacological profile. SLURP-2 inhibits acetylcholine-evoked currents at α4β2 and α3β2-nAChRs (IC50 ~0.17 and >3 μM, respectively) expressed in Xenopus oocytes. In contrast, at α7-nAChRs, SLURP-2 significantly enhances acetylcholine-evoked currents at concentrations <1 μM but induces inhibition at higher concentrations. SLURP-2 allosterically interacts with human M1 and M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) that are overexpressed in CHO cells. SLURP-2 was found to promote the proliferation of human oral keratinocytes via interactions with α3β2-nAChRs, while it inhibited cell growth via α7-nAChRs. SLURP-2/mAChRs interactions are also probably involved in the control of keratinocyte growth. Computer modeling revealed possible SLURP-2 binding to the 'classical' orthosteric agonist/antagonist binding sites at α7 and α3β2-nAChRs.

  12. Bogdanov I.V., Shenkarev Z.O., Finkina E.I., Melnikova D.N., Rumynskiy E.I., Arseniev A.S., Ovchinnikova T.V. (2016). A novel lipid transfer protein from the pea Pisum sativum: isolation, recombinant expression, solution structure, antifungal activity, lipid binding, and allergenic properties. BMC Plant Biol. 16 (1), 107 [+]

    Plant lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) assemble a family of small (7-9 kDa) ubiquitous cationic proteins with an ability to bind and transport lipids as well as participate in various physiological processes including defense against phytopathogens. They also form one of the most clinically relevant classes of plant allergens. Nothing is known to date about correlation between lipid-binding and IgE-binding properties of LTPs. The garden pea Pisum sativum is widely consumed crop and important allergenic specie of the legume family. This work is aimed at isolation of a novel LTP from pea seeds and characterization of its structural, functional, and allergenic properties.

  13. Lyukmanova E.N., Shulepko M.A., Kudryavtsev D., Bychkov M.L., Kulbatskii D.S., Kasheverov I.E., Astapova M.V., Feofanov A.V., Thomsen M.S., Mikkelsen J.D., Shenkarev Z.O., Tsetlin V.I., Dolgikh D.A., Kirpichnikov M.P. (2016). Human Secreted Ly-6/uPAR Related Protein-1 (SLURP-1) Is a Selective Allosteric Antagonist of α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor. PLoS ONE 11 (2), e0149733 [+]

    SLURP-1 is a secreted toxin-like Ly-6/uPAR protein found in epithelium, sensory neurons and immune cells. Point mutations in the slurp-1 gene cause the autosomal inflammation skin disease Mal de Meleda. SLURP-1 is considered an autocrine/paracrine hormone that regulates growth and differentiation of keratinocytes and controls inflammation and malignant cell transformation. The majority of previous studies of SLURP-1 have been made using fusion constructs containing, in addition to the native protein, extra polypeptide sequences. Here we describe the activity and pharmacological profile of a recombinant analogue of human SLURP-1 (rSLURP-1) differing from the native protein only by one additional N-terminal Met residue. rSLURP-1 significantly inhibited proliferation (up to ~ 40%, EC50 ~ 4 nM) of human oral keratinocytes (Het-1A cells). Application of mecamylamine and atropine,-non-selective inhibitors of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors, respectively, and anti-α7-nAChRs antibodies revealed α7 type nAChRs as an rSLURP-1 target in keratinocytes. Using affinity purification from human cortical extracts, we confirmed that rSLURP-1 binds selectively to the α7-nAChRs. Exposure of Xenopus oocytes expressing α7-nAChRs to rSLURP-1 caused a significant non-competitive inhibition of the response to acetylcholine (up to ~ 70%, IC50 ~ 1 μM). It was shown that rSLURP-1 binds to α7-nAChRs overexpressed in GH4Cl cells, but does not compete with 125I-α-bungarotoxin for binding to the receptor. These findings imply an allosteric antagonist-like mode of SLURP-1 interaction with α7-nAChRs outside the classical ligand-binding site. Contrary to rSLURP-1, other inhibitors of α7-nAChRs (mecamylamine, α-bungarotoxin and Lynx1) did not suppress the proliferation of keratinocytes. Moreover, the co-application of α-bungarotoxin with rSLURP-1 did not influence antiproliferative activity of the latter. This supports the hypothesis that the antiproliferative activity of SLURP-1 is related to 'metabotropic' signaling pathway through α7-nAChR, that activates intracellular signaling cascades without opening the receptor channel.

  14. Lyukmanova E.N., Shenkarev Z.O., Shulepko M.A., Paramonov A.S., Chugunov A.O., Janickova H., Dolejsi E., Dolezal V., Utkin Y.N., Tsetlin V.I., Arseniev A.S., Efremov R.G., Dolgikh D.A., Kirpichnikov M.P. (2015). Structural Insight into Specificity of Interactions between Nonconventional Three-finger Weak Toxin from Naja kaouthia (WTX) and Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptors. J. Biol. Chem. 290 (39), 23616–30 [+]

    Weak toxin from Naja kaouthia (WTX) belongs to the group of nonconventional "three-finger" snake neurotoxins. It irreversibly inhibits nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and allosterically interacts with muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs). Using site-directed mutagenesis, NMR spectroscopy, and computer modeling, we investigated the recombinant mutant WTX analogue (rWTX) which, compared with the native toxin, has an additional N-terminal methionine residue. In comparison with the wild-type toxin, rWTX demonstrated an altered pharmacological profile, decreased binding of orthosteric antagonist N-methylscopolamine to human M1- and M2-mAChRs, and increased antagonist binding to M3-mAChR. Positively charged arginine residues located in the flexible loop II were found to be crucial for rWTX interactions with all types of mAChR. Computer modeling suggested that the rWTX loop II protrudes to the M1-mAChR allosteric ligand-binding site blocking the entrance to the orthosteric site. In contrast, toxin interacts with M3-mAChR by loop II without penetration into the allosteric site. Data obtained provide new structural insight into the target-specific allosteric regulation of mAChRs by "three-finger" snake neurotoxins.

  15. Berkut A.A., Peigneur S., Myshkin M.Y., Paramonov A.S., Lyukmanova E.N., Arseniev A.S., Grishin E.V., Tytgat J., Shenkarev Z.O., Vassilevski A.A. (2015). Structure of Membrane-active Toxin from Crab Spider Heriaeus melloteei Suggests Parallel Evolution of Sodium Channel Gating Modifiers in Araneomorphae and Mygalomorphae. J. Biol. Chem. 290 (1), 492–504 [+]

    We present a structural and functional study of a sodium channel activation inhibitor from crab spider venom. Hm-3 is an insecticidal peptide toxin consisting of 35 amino acid residues from the spider Heriaeus melloteei (Thomisidae). We produced Hm-3 recombinantly in Escherichia coli and determined its structure by NMR spectroscopy. Typical for spider toxins, Hm-3 was found to adopt the so-called "inhibitor cystine knot" or "knottin" fold stabilized by three disulfide bonds. Its molecule is amphiphilic with a hydrophobic ridge on the surface enriched in aromatic residues and surrounded by positive charges. Correspondingly, Hm-3 binds to both neutral and negatively charged lipid vesicles. Electrophysiological studies showed that at a concentration of 1 μm Hm-3 effectively inhibited a number of mammalian and insect sodium channels. Importantly, Hm-3 shifted the dependence of channel activation to more positive voltages. Moreover, the inhibition was voltage-dependent, and strong depolarizing prepulses attenuated Hm-3 activity. The toxin is therefore concluded to represent the first sodium channel gating modifier from an araneomorph spider and features a "membrane access" mechanism of action. Its amino acid sequence and position of the hydrophobic cluster are notably different from other known gating modifiers from spider venom, all of which are described from mygalomorph species. We hypothesize parallel evolution of inhibitor cystine knot toxins from Araneomorphae and Mygalomorphae suborders.

  16. Shestakova T.S., Shenkarev Z.O., Deev S.L., Chupakhin O.N., Khalymbadzha I.A., Rusinov V.L., Arseniev A.S. (2013). Long-range 1H-15N J couplings providing a method for direct studies of the structure and azide-tetrazole equilibrium in a series of azido-1,2,4-triazines and azidopyrimidines. J. Org. Chem. 78 (14), 6975–82 [+]

    The selectively (15)N labeled azido-1,2,4-triazine 2*A and azidopyrimidine 4*A were synthesized by treating hydrazinoazines with (15)N-labeled nitrous acid. The synthesized compounds were studied by (1)H, (13)C, and (15)N NMR spectroscopy in DMSO, TFA, and DMSO/TFA solutions, where the azide-tetrazole equilibrium could lead to the formation of two tetrazoles (T, T') and one azide (A) isomer for each compound. The incorporation of the (15)N label led to the appearance of long-range (1)H-(15)N coupling constants (J(HN)), which can be measured easily by using amplitude-modulated 1D (1)H spin-echo experiments with selective inversion of the (15)N nuclei. The observed J(HN) patterns enable the unambiguous determination of the mode of fusion between the azole and azine rings in the two groups of tetrazole isomers (2*T', 4*T' and 2*T, 4*T), even for minor isoforms with a low concentration in solution. However, the azide isomers (2*A and 4*A) are characterized by the absence of detectable J(HN) coupling. The analysis of the J(HN) couplings in (15)N-labeled compounds provides a simple and efficient method for direct NMR studies of the azide-tetrazole equilibrium in solution.

  17. Shenkarev Z.O., Lyukmanova E.N., Butenko I.O., Petrovskaya L.E., Paramonov A.S., Shulepko M.A., Nekrasova O.V., Kirpichnikov M.P., Arseniev A.S. (2013). Lipid-protein nanodiscs promote in vitro folding of transmembrane domains of multi-helical and multimeric membrane proteins. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1828 (2), 776–84 [+]

    Production of helical integral membrane proteins (IMPs) in a folded state is a necessary prerequisite for their functional and structural studies. In many cases large-scale expression of IMPs in cell-based and cell-free systems results in misfolded proteins, which should be refolded in vitro. Here using examples of the bacteriorhodopsin ESR from Exiguobacterium sibiricum and full-length homotetrameric K(+) channel KcsA from Streptomyces lividans we found that the efficient in vitro folding of the transmembrane domains of the polytopic and multimeric IMPs could be achieved during the protein encapsulation into the reconstructed high-density lipoprotein particles, also known as lipid-protein nanodiscs. In this case the self-assembly of the IMP/nanodisc complexes from a mixture containing apolipoprotein, lipids and the partially denatured protein solubilized in a harsh detergent induces the folding of the transmembrane domains. The obtained folding yields showed significant dependence on the properties of lipids used for nanodisc formation. The largest recovery of the spectroscopically active ESR (~60%) from the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) was achieved in the nanodiscs containing anionic saturated lipid 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPG) and was approximately twice lower in the zwitterionic DMPC lipid. The reassembly of tetrameric KcsA from the acid-dissociated monomer solubilized in SDS was the most efficient (~80%) in the nanodiscs containing zwitterionic unsaturated lipid 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC). The charged and saturated lipids provided lower tetramer quantities, and the lowest yield (<20%) was observed in DMPC. The overall yield of the ESR and KcsA folding was mainly restricted by the efficiency of the protein encapsulation into the nanodiscs.

  18. Shenkarev Z.O., Panteleev P.V., Balandin S.V., Gizatullina A.K., Altukhov D.A., Finkina E.I., Kokryakov V.N., Arseniev A.S., Ovchinnikova T.V. (2012). Recombinant expression and solution structure of antimicrobial peptide aurelin from jellyfish Aurelia aurita. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 429 (1-2), 63–9 [+]

    Aurelin is a 40-residue cationic antimicrobial peptide isolated from the mezoglea of a scyphoid jellyfish Aurelia aurita. Aurelin and its (15)N-labeled analogue were overexpressed in Escherichia coli and purified. Antimicrobial activity of the recombinant peptide was examined, and its spatial structure was studied by NMR spectroscopy. Aurelin represents a compact globule, enclosing one 3(10)-helix and two α-helical regions cross-linked by three disulfide bonds. The peptide binds to anionic lipid (POPC/DOPG, 3:1) vesicles even at physiological salt concentration, it does not interact with zwitterionic (POPC) vesicles and interacts with the DPC micelle surface with moderate affinity via two α-helical regions. Although aurelin shows structural homology to the BgK and ShK toxins of sea anemones, its surface does not possess the "functional dyad" required for the high-affinity interaction with the K(+)-channels. The obtained data permit to correlate the modest antibacterial properties and membrane activity of aurelin.

  19. Lyukmanova E.N., Shenkarev Z.O., Khabibullina N.F., Kopeina G.S., Shulepko M.A., Paramonov A.S., Mineev K.S., Tikhonov R.V., Shingarova L.N., Petrovskaya L.E., Dolgikh D.A., Arseniev A.S., Kirpichnikov M.P. (2011). Lipid-protein nanodisks for cell-free production of integral membrane proteins in a soluble and folded state: Comparison with detergent micelles, bicelles and liposomes. Biochim. Biophys. Acta , [+]

    Production of integral membrane proteins (IMPs) in a folded state is a key prerequisite for their functional and structural studies. In cell-free (CF) expression systems membrane mimicking components could be added to the reaction mixture that promotes IMP production in a soluble form. Here lipid-protein nanodisks (LPNs) of different lipid compositions (DMPC, DMPG, POPC, POPC/DOPG) have been compared with classical membrane mimicking media such as detergent micelles, lipid/detergent bicelles and liposomes by their ability to support CF synthesis of IMPs in a folded and soluble state. Three model membrane proteins of different topology were used: homodimeric transmembrane (TM) domain of human receptor tyrosine kinase ErbB3 (TM-ErbB3, 1TM); voltage-sensing domain of K(+) channel KvAP (VSD, 4TM); and bacteriorhodopsin from Exiguobacterium sibiricum (ESR, 7TM). Structural and/or functional properties of the synthesized proteins were analyzed. LPNs significantly enhanced synthesis of the IMPs in a soluble form regardless of the lipid composition. A partial disintegration of LPNs composed of unsaturated lipids was observed upon co-translational IMP incorporation. Contrary to detergents the nanodisks resulted in the synthesis of ~80% active ESR and promoted correct folding of the TM-ErbB3. None of the tested membrane mimetics supported CF synthesis of correctly folded VSD, and the protocol of the domain refolding was developed. The use of LPNs appears to be the most promising approach to CF production of IMPs in a folded state. NMR analysis of (15)N-Ile-TM-ErbB3 co-translationally incorporated into LPNs shows the great prospects of this membrane mimetics for structural studies of IMPs produced by CF systems.

  20. Shenkarev Z.O., Balandin S.V., Trunov K.I., Paramonov A.S., Sukhanov S.V., Barsukov L.I., Arseniev A.S., Ovchinnikova T.V. (2011). Molecular mechanism of action of β-hairpin antimicrobial peptide arenicin: oligomeric structure in dodecylphosphocholine micelles and pore formation in planar lipid bilayers. Biochemistry 50 (28), 6255–65 [+]

    The membrane-active, cationic, β-hairpin peptide, arenicin, isolated from marine polychaeta Arenicola marina exhibits a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity. The peptide in aqueous solution adopts the significantly twisted β-hairpin conformation without pronounced amphipathicity. To assess the mechanism of arenicin action, the spatial structure and backbone dynamics of the peptide in membrane-mimicking media and its pore-forming activity in planar lipid bilayers were studied. The spatial structure of the asymmetric arenicin dimer stabilized by parallel association of N-terminal strands of two β-hairpins was determined using triple-resonance nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles. Interaction of arenicin with micelles and its oligomerization significantly decreased the right-handed twist of the β-hairpin, increased its amphipathicity, and led to stabilization of the peptide backbone on a picosecond to nanosecond time scale. Relaxation enhancement induced by water-soluble (Mn(2+)) and lipid-soluble (16-doxylstearate) paramagnetic probes pointed to the dimer transmembrane arrangement. Qualitative NMR and circular dichroism study of arenicin-2 in mixed DPC/1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol bicelles, sodium dodecyl sulfate micelles, and lipid vesicles confirmed that a similar dimeric assembly of the peptide was retained in membrane-mimicking systems containing negatively charged lipids and detergents. Arenicin-induced conductance was dependent on the lipid composition of the membrane. Arenicin low-conductivity pores were detected in the phosphatidylethanolamine-containing lipid mixture, whereas the high-conductivity pores were observed in an exclusively anionic lipid system. The measured conductivity levels agreed with the model in which arenicin antimicrobial activity was mediated by the formation of toroidal pores assembled of two, three, or four β-structural peptide dimers and lipid molecules. The structural transitions involved in arenicin membrane-disruptive action are discussed.

  21. Lyukmanova E.N., Shenkarev Z.O., Shulepko M.A., Mineev K.S., DHoedt D., Kasheverov I.E., Filkin S.Y., Krivolapova A.P., Janickova H., Dolezal V., Dolgikh D.A., Arseniev A.S., Bertrand D., Tsetlin V.I., Kirpichnikov M.P. (2011). NMR structure and action on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors of water-soluble domain of human LYNX1. J. Biol. Chem. 286 (12), 10618–27 [+]

    Discovery of proteins expressed in the central nervous system sharing the three-finger structure with snake α-neurotoxins provoked much interest to their role in brain functions. Prototoxin LYNX1, having homology both to Ly6 proteins and three-finger neurotoxins, is the first identified member of this family membrane-tethered by a GPI anchor, which considerably complicates in vitro studies. We report for the first time the NMR spatial structure for the water-soluble domain of human LYNX1 lacking a GPI anchor (ws-LYNX1) and its concentration-dependent activity on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). At 5-30 μM, ws-LYNX1 competed with (125)I-α-bungarotoxin for binding to the acetylcholine-binding proteins (AChBPs) and to Torpedo nAChR. Exposure of Xenopus oocytes expressing α7 nAChRs to 1 μM ws-LYNX1 enhanced the response to acetylcholine, but no effect was detected on α4β2 and α3β2 nAChRs. Increasing ws-LYNX1 concentration to 10 μM caused a modest inhibition of these three nAChR subtypes. A common feature for ws-LYNX1 and LYNX1 is a decrease of nAChR sensitivity to high concentrations of acetylcholine. NMR and functional analysis both demonstrate that ws-LYNX1 is an appropriate model to shed light on the mechanism of LYNX1 action. Computer modeling, based on ws-LYNX1 NMR structure and AChBP x-ray structure, revealed a possible mode of ws-LYNX1 binding.

  22. Deev S.L., Shenkarev Z.O., Shestakova T.S., Chupakhin O.N., Rusinov V.L., Arseniev A.S. (2010). Selective (15)N-labeling and analysis of (13)C-(15)N J couplings as an effective tool for studying the structure and azide-tetrazole equilibrium in a series of tetrazolo[1,5-b][1,2,4]triazines and tetrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines. J. Org. Chem. 75 (24), 8487–97 [+]

    Two general methods for the selective incorporation of an (15)N-label in the azole ring of tetrazolo[1,5-b][1,2,4]triazines and tetrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines were developed. The first approach included treatment of azinylhydrazides with (15)N-labeled nitrous acid, and the second approach was based on fusion of the azine ring to [2-(15)N]-5-aminotetrazole. The synthesized compounds were studied by (1)H, (13)C, and (15)N NMR spectroscopy in both DMSO and TFA solution, in which the azide-tetrazole equilibrium is shifted to tetrazole and azide forms, respectively. Incorporation of the (15)N-label led to the appearance of (13)C-(15)N J coupling constants (J(CN)), which can be measured easily using either 1D (13)C spectra with selective (15)N decoupling or with amplitude modulated 1D (13)C spin-echo experiments with selective inversion of the (15)N nuclei. The observed J(CN) patterns permit unambiguous determination of the type of fusion between the azole and azine rings in tetrazolo[1,5-b][1,2,4]triazine derivatives. Joint analysis of J(CN) patterns and (15)N chemical shifts was found to be the most efficient way to study the azido-tetrazole equilibrium.

  23. Shenkarev Z.O., Finkina E.I., Nurmukhamedova E.K., Balandin S.V., Mineev K.S., Nadezhdin K.D., Yakimenko Z.A., Tagaev A.A., Temirov Y.V., Arseniev A.S., Ovchinnikova T.V. (2010). Isolation, structure elucidation, and synergistic antibacterial activity of a novel two-component lantibiotic lichenicidin from Bacillus licheniformis VK21. Biochemistry 49 (30), 6462–72 [+]

    A novel synergetic lantibiotic pair, Lchalpha(3249.51 Da) and Lchbeta(3019.36 Da), termed lichenicidin VK21, was isolated from the producer strain Bacillus licheniformis VK21. Chemical and spatial structures of Lchalphaand Lchbeta were determined. Each peptide contains 31 amino acid residues linked by 4 intramolecular thioether bridges and the N-terminal 2-oxobutyryl group. Spatial structures of Lchalpha and Lchbetawere studied by NMR spectroscopy in methanol solution. Lchalpha peptide displays structural homology with mersacidin-like lantibiotics and involves relatively well-structured N- and C-terminal domains connected by a flexible loop stabilized by thioether bridge Ala11-S-Ala21. In contrast, the Lchbetapeptide represents prolonged hydrophobic alpha-helix flanked with more flexible N- and C-terminal domains. A lantibiotic cluster of the Bacillus licheniformis VK21 genome which comprises the structural genes, lchA1 and lchA2, encoding the lantibiotics precursors, as well as the gene of a modifying enzyme lchM1, was amplified and sequenced. The mature peptides, Lchalphaand Lchbetainteract synergistically to possess antibiotic activity against Gram-positive bacteria within a nanomolar concentration range, though the individual peptides were shown to be active at micromolar concentrations. Our results afford molecular insight into mechanism of lichenicidin VK21 action.

  24. Shenkarev Z.O., Paramonov A.S., Lyukmanova E.N., Shingarova L.N., Yakimov S.A., Dubinnyi M.A., Chupin V.V., Kirpichnikov M.P., Blommers M.J., Arseniev A.S. (2010). NMR structural and dynamical investigation of the isolated voltage-sensing domain of the potassium channel KvAP: implications for voltage gating. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (16), 5630–7 [+]

    The structure and dynamics of the isolated voltage-sensing domain (VSD) of the archaeal potassium channel KvAP was studied by high-resolution NMR. The almost complete backbone resonance assignment and partial side-chain assignment of the (2)H,(13)C,(15)N-labeled VSD were obtained for the protein domain solubilized in DPC/LDAO (2:1) mixed micelles. Secondary and tertiary structures of the VSD were characterized using secondary chemical shifts and NOE contacts. These data indicate that the spatial structure of the VSD solubilized in micelles corresponds to the structure of the domain in an open state of the channel. NOE contacts and secondary chemical shifts of amide protons indicate the presence of tightly bound water molecule as well as hydrogen bond formation involving an interhelical salt bridge (Asp62-R133) that stabilizes the overall structure of the domain. The backbone dynamics of the VSD was studied using (15)N relaxation measurements. The loop regions S1-S2 and S2-S3 were found mobile, while the S3-S4 loop (voltage-sensor paddle) was found stable at the ps-ns time scale. The moieties of S1, S2, S3, and S4 helices sharing interhelical contacts (at the level of the Asp62-R133 salt bridge) were observed in conformational exchange on the micros-ms time scale. Similar exchange-induced broadening of characteristic resonances was observed for the VSD solubilized in the membrane of lipid-protein nanodiscs composed of DMPC, DMPG, and POPC/DOPG lipids. Apparently, the observed interhelical motions represent an inherent property of the VSD of the KvAP channel and can play an important role in the voltage gating.

  25. Shenkarev Z.O., Lyukmanova E.N., Paramonov A.S., Shingarova L.N., Chupin V.V., Kirpichnikov M.P., Blommers M.J., Arseniev A.S. (2010). Lipid-protein nanodiscs as reference medium in detergent screening for high-resolution NMR studies of integral membrane proteins. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (16), 5628–9 [+]

    The choice of a suitable detergent-based membrane mimetic is of crucial importance for high-resolution NMR studies of membrane proteins. The present report describes a new approach of detergent screening. It is based on the comparison of 2D (1)H,(15)N-correlation spectra of a protein in a membrane-bilayer "reference" medium and in "trial" detergent-based environments. The proposed "reference" medium is the lipid-protein nanodisc (LPN) representing nanoscale phospholipid bilayers wrapped around by apolipoprotein A-1. The set of zwitterionic (DPC, DMPC/DHPC), anionic (SDS, LMPG, LPPG), and weakly cationic (LDAO) detergent-based media was screened for their ability to represent the native structure of the isolated voltage-sensing domain (VSD) of the archaeal potassium channel KvAP. The VSD/LPN complexes composed of saturated zwitterionic (DMPC), anionic (DMPG), or a mixture of unsaturated differently charged (POPC/DOPG, 3:1) lipids were used as reference. All assayed detergent media demonstrate similar CD spectra of the domain with a high level (approximately 60%) of overall helicity but different 2D NMR spectra. Using the reference spectrum of the VSD in LPN, we were able to choose the detergent composition in which the membrane-like structure of the VSD is preserved.