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Binding the Atypical RA Domain of Ste50p to the Unfolded Opy2p Cytoplasmic Tail Is Essential for the High-Osmolarity Glycerol Pathway
Irena Ekiel, 1 Traian Sulea, 1 Gregor Jansen, 2 Maria Kowalik, 1 Ovidiu Minailiuc, 1 Jing Cheng, 1 Doreen Harcus, 1 Miroslaw Cygler, 1 Malcolm Whiteway, 1 Cunle Wu 1
1  Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4P 2R2
2  Departments of ‡Biochemistry and

Published: 15 December 2009 by American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in Molecular Biology of the Cell
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), Volume 20; 10.1091/mbc.E09-07-0645
Abstract: Activation of the high-osmolarity glycerol (HOG) pathway for osmoregulation in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae involves interaction of the adaptor Ste50p with the cytoplasmic tail of single-transmembrane protein Opy2p. We have determined the solution structure of the Ste50p-RA (Ras association) domain, and it shows an atypical RA fold lacking the β1 and β2 strands of the canonical motif. Although the core of the RA domain is fully functional in the pheromone response, an additional region is required for the HOG pathway activation. Two peptide motifs within the intrinsically disordered cytoplasmic tail of Opy2p defined by NMR spectroscopy physically interact with the Step50p-RA domain. These Opy2p-derived peptides bind overlapping regions of the Step50p-RA domain with similarly weak affinities, suggesting a multivalent interaction of these proteins as a crucial point of control of the HOG pathway. As well, overall selection of signaling pathways depends on functionally distinct regions of the Ste50p-RA domain, implicating this element in the control of global regulatory decisions.
Keywords: Glycerol, HOG, Ra Domain, NMR spectroscopy, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Ste50p, Opy2p, bind, cytoplasmic tail, Atypical Ra
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