An extracellular cation coordination site influences ion conduction of OsHKT2;2

Riedelsberger J.; Vergara-Jaque A.; Piñeros M.; Dreyer I.; González W.

Abstract

BackgroundHKT channels mediate sodium uniport or sodium and potassium symport in plants. Monocotyledons express a higher number of HKT proteins than dicotyledons, and it is only within this clade of HKT channels that cation symport mechanisms are found. The prevailing ion composition in the extracellular medium affects the transport abilities of various HKT channels by changing their selectivity or ion transport rates. How this mutual effect is achieved at the molecular level is still unknown. Here, we built a homology model of the monocotyledonous OsHKT2;2, which shows sodium and potassium symport activity. We performed molecular dynamics simulations in the presence of sodium and potassium ions to investigate the mutual effect of cation species.ResultsBy analyzing ion-protein interactions, we identified a cation coordination site on the extracellular protein surface, which is formed by residues P71, D75, D501 and K504. Proline and the two aspartate residues coordinate cations, while K504 forms salt bridges with D75 and D501 and may be involved in the forwarding of cations towards the pore entrance. Functional validation via electrophysiological experiments confirmed the biological relevance of the predicted ion coordination site and identified K504 as a central key residue. Mutation of the cation coordinating residues affected the functionality of HKT only slightly. Additional in silico mutants and simulations of K504 supported experimental results.ConclusionWe identified an extracellular cation coordination site, which is involved in ion coordination and influences the conduction of OsHKT2;2. This finding proposes a new viewpoint in the discussion of how the mutual effect of variable ion species may be achieved in HKT channels.

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Título según WOS: An extracellular cation coordination site influences ion conduction of OsHKT2;2
Título según SCOPUS: An extracellular cation coordination site influences ion conduction of OsHKT2;2
Título de la Revista: BMC PLANT BIOLOGY
Volumen: 19
Editorial: BMC
Fecha de publicación: 2019
Idioma: English
DOI:

10.1186/s12870-019-1909-5

Notas: ISI, SCOPUS