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Structural Basis For Mutation-Induced Destabilization Of Profilin 1 In Als, Sivakumar Boopathy, Tania Silvas, Maeve Tischbein, Silvia Jansen, Shivender Shandilya, Jill Zitzewitz, John Landers, Bruce Goode, Celia Schiffer, Daryl Bosco Jan 2016

Structural Basis For Mutation-Induced Destabilization Of Profilin 1 In Als, Sivakumar Boopathy, Tania Silvas, Maeve Tischbein, Silvia Jansen, Shivender Shandilya, Jill Zitzewitz, John Landers, Bruce Goode, Celia Schiffer, Daryl Bosco

Celia A. Schiffer

Mutations in profilin 1 (PFN1) are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); however, the pathological mechanism of PFN1 in this fatal disease is unknown. We demonstrate that ALS-linked mutations severely destabilize the native conformation of PFN1 in vitro and cause accelerated turnover of the PFN1 protein in cells. This mutation-induced destabilization can account for the high propensity of ALS-linked variants to aggregate and also provides rationale for their reported loss-of-function phenotypes in cell-based assays. The source of this destabilization is illuminated by the X-ray crystal structures of several PFN1 proteins, revealing an expanded cavity near the protein core of the ...