RRC ID 54184
Author Kitamura A, Shibasaki A, Takeda K, Suno R, Kinjo M.
Title Analysis of the substrate recognition state of TDP-43 to single-stranded DNA using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.
Journal Biochem Biophys Rep
Abstract Normal function and abnormal aggregation of transactivation response (TAR) DNA/RNA-binding protein 43 kDa (TDP-43) are directly associated with the lethal genetic diseases: cystic fibrosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The binding of TDP-43 to single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) or RNA is involved in transcriptional repression, regulation of RNA splicing, and RNA stabilization. Equilibrium dissociation constants (Kd) of TDP-43 and ssDNA or RNA have been determined using various methods; however, methods that can measure Kd with high sensitivity in a short time using a small amount of TDP-43 in solution would be advantageous. Here, in order to determine the Kd of TDP-43 and fluorescence-labeled ssDNA as well as the binding stoichiometry, we use fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), which detects the slowed diffusion of molecular interactions in solution with single-molecule sensitivity, in addition to electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA). Using tandem affinity chromatography of TDP-43 dually tagged with glutathione-S-transferase and poly-histidine tags, highly purified protein was obtained. FCS successfully detected specific interaction between purified TDP-43 and TG ssDNA repeats, with a Kd in the nanomolar range. The Kd of the TDP-43 mutant was not different from the wild type, although mutant oligomers, which did not bind ssDNA, were observed. Analysis of the fluorescence brightness per dimerized TDP-43/ssDNA complex was used to evaluate their binding stoichiometry. The results suggest that an assay combining FCS and EMSA can precisely analyze ssDNA recognition mechanisms, and that FCS may be applied for the rapid and quantitative determination of the interaction strength between TDP-43 and ssDNA or RNA. These methods will aid in the elucidation of the substrate recognition mechanism of ALS- and FTLD-associated variants of TDP-43.
Volume 14
Pages 58-63
Published 2018-7-1
DOI 10.1016/j.bbrep.2018.03.009
PII S2405-5808(18)30055-4
PMID 29872735
PMC PMC5986658
DNA material pGEX6P-TDP43WT-6xHis (RDB16710) pGEX6P-TDP43A315T-6xHis (RDB16711)