Deletion of phenylalanine 508 (ΔPhe-508) in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein causes approximately 70% of all cases of cystic fibrosis. This residue lies in a region of the protein that we have synthesized chemically and shown to bind adenine nucleotides (Thomas, P. J., Shenbagamurthi, P., Ysern, X., and Pedersen, P. L. (1991) Science 251, 555-557). A peptide lacking this critical residue, but otherwise corresponding to this crucial part of the protein, now also has been chemically synthesized and purified. This mutant peptide (P-66) exhibits a significant loss of β-sheet structure as compared with the wild type peptide (P-67). Furthermore, urea denaturation of peptide structure reveals that P-66 is less stable than P-67. Although under non-denaturing conditions both peptides bind adenine nucleotides with high affinity, the loss of structural stability is reflected in the binding function of the peptides. Thus, P-67, in contrast to P-66, retains a significant capacity for nucleotide binding in 4 M urea. These results suggest a model for impaired ΔPhe-508 CFTR function.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology