In Vitro Kinetics of Ribosomal Incorporation of Unnatural Amino Acids
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Ribosomal incorporation of unnatural amino acids (AAs) into peptides or proteins has found broad applications in studying translation mechanism, discovering potential therapeutics, and probing protein structure and function. However, such applications are generally limited by the low incorporation efficiencies of the unnatural AAs.
With in vitro kinetics studies using a purified E. coli translation system, we found that the natural N-alkyl AA carrier, tRNAPro, could hasten the incorporation of N-methyl AAs. Also, the incorporation rate increased remarkably with increasing pH in the range of 7 to 8.5, suggesting the rate was limited by peptidyl transfer, not accommodation. Competition experiments revealed that several futile cycles of delivery and rejection of the A site N-methyl AA-tRNA were required per peptide bond formation, and the incorporation yield could be increased by using a higher Mg2+ concentration.
Kinetics of ribosomal polymerization, using AA-tRNA substrates prepared from the standard N-NVOC-AA-pdCpA chemoenzymatic ligation method, clarified that the inefficiency of incorporation was due to the penultimate dC. This dC prompted faster peptidyl-tRNA drop-off, leading to loss of processivities along consecutive incorporations. Circumventing the penultimate dC by using our N-NVOC-AA-pCpA chemoenzymatic ligation or the flexizyme charging method to prepare the AA-tRNA substrates was able to improve the efficiencies of ribosomal consecutive incorporations of unnatural AAs.
By studying the translation steps after aminoacylation of tRNAPyl, the favored carrier for unnatural AAs in vivo, we demonstrated surprisingly slow biphasic kinetics of tRNAPyl-mediated amber suppression in vitro. The fast phase amplitude increased with increasing EF-Tu concentration, allowing measurement of Kd of EF-Tu binding. Results revealed ~25-fold weaker EF-Tu binding affinity of the tRNAPyl body than that of E. coli tRNAPhe. The fast phase rate was ~30-fold slower than that of native substrates, and this rate was limited by the ~10-fold less efficient AA-tRNAPyl:EF-Tu:GTP ternary complex binding to the ribosome. The incorporation was so slow that termination by RF2 mis-reading of the amber codon became a significant competing reaction. The processivity was unexpectedly impaired as ~40% of the dipeptidyl-tRNAPyl could not be elongated to tripeptide. This new overall understanding opens a window of improving unnatural AA incorporation both in vitro and in vivo.
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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. , 55 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1369
ribosome, protein synthesis, unnatural amino acids, kinetics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research subject Biology with specialization in Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282023ISBN: 978-91-554-9563-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-282023DiVA: diva2:919265
2016-06-03, BMC A1:111a, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
Chin, Jason, Professor
Forster, Anthony, Professor
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