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"Guest-host crosstalk in an angiogenin-RNase A chimeric protein."

Holloway DE, Shapiro R, Hares MC, Leonidas DD, Acharya KR

Published 2002-08-20 in Biochemistry volume 41 .

Pubmed ID: 12173935

Angiogenin and ribonuclease A share 33% sequence identity but have distinct functions. Angiogenin is a potent inducer of angiogenesis that is only weakly ribonucleolytic, whereas ribonuclease A is a robust ribonuclease that is not angiogenic. A chimera ("ARH-I"), in which angiogenin residues 58-70 are replaced with residues 59-73 of ribonuclease A, has intermediate ribonucleolytic potency and no angiogenic activity. Here we report a crystal structure of ARH-I that reveals the molecular basis for these characteristics. The ribonuclease A-derived (guest) segment adopts a structure largely similar to that in ribonuclease A, and successfully converts this region from a cell-binding site to a purine-binding site. At the same time, its presence causes complex changes in the angiogenin-derived (host) portion that account for much of the increased ribonuclease activity of ARH-I. Guest-host interactions of this type probably occur more generally in protein chimeras, emphasizing the importance of direct structural information for understanding the functional behavior of such molecules.

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