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Phage display selection of efficient glutamine-donor substrate peptides for transglutaminase 2

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Zsolt Keresztessy, Dr Joseph Gray, Professor Robert Lightowlers, Professor Jeremy LakeyORCiD


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Understanding substrate specificity and identification of natural targets of transglutaminase 2 (TG2), the ubiquitous multifunctional cross-linking enzyme, which forms isopeptide bonds between protein-linked glutamine and lysine residues, is crucial in the elucidation of its physiological role. As a novel means of specificity analysis, we adapted the phage display technique to select glutamine-donor substrates from a random heptapeptide library via binding to recombinant TG2 and elution with a synthetic amine-donor substrate. Twenty-six Gln-containing sequences from the second and third biopanning rounds were susceptible for TG2-mediated incorporation of 5-(biotinamido)penthylamine, and the peptides GQQQTPY, GLQQASV, and WQTPMNS were modified most efficiently. A consensus around glutamines was established as pQX(P,T,S)l, which is consistent with identified substrates listed in the TRANSDAB database. Database searches showed that several proteins contain peptides similar to the phage-selected sequences, and the N-terminal glutamine-rich domain of SWI1/SNF1-related chromatin remodeling proteins was chosen for detailed analysis. MALDI/TOF and tandem mass spectrometry-based studies of a representative part of the domain, SGYGQQGQTPYYNQQSPHPQQQQPPYS (SnQ1), revealed that Q6, Q8, and Q22 are modified by TG2. Kinetic parameters of SnQ1 transamidation (KMapp = 250 μM, kcat = 18.3 sec-1, and kcat/KMapp = 73,200) classify it as an efficient TG2 substrate. Circular dichroism spectra indicated that SnQ1 has a random coil conformation, supporting its accessibility in the full-length parental protein. Added together, here we report a novel use of the phage display technology with great potential in transglutaminase research. Published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Copyright © 2006 The Protein Society.

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Author(s): Keresztessy Z, Csosz E, Harsfalvi J, Csomos K, Gray J, Lightowlers RN, Lakey JH, Balajthy Z, Fesus L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Protein Science

Year: 2006

Volume: 15

Issue: 11

Pages: 2466-2480

Print publication date: 01/01/2006

ISSN (print): 0961-8368

ISSN (electronic): 1469-896X

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1110/ps.051818406

PubMed id: 17075129


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