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Reduction of lectin valency drastically changes glycolipid dynamics in membranes but not surface avidity.

Journal article
Authors Julie Arnaud
Julie Claudinon
Kevin Tröndle
Marie Trovaslet
Göran Larson
Aline Thomas
Annabelle Varrot
Winfried Römer
Anne Imberty
Aymeric Audfray
Published in ACS chemical biology
Volume 8
Issue 9
Pages 1918-24
ISSN 1554-8937
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Clinical Chemistry and Transfusion Medicine
Pages 1918-24
Language en
Keywords Bacterial Proteins, chemistry, metabolism, Cell Line, Crystallography, X-Ray, Glycolipids, chemistry, metabolism, Humans, Lectins, chemistry, metabolism, Molecular Dynamics Simulation, Ralstonia solanacearum, chemistry, cytology, metabolism
Subject categories Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Multivalency is proposed to play a role in the strong avidity of lectins for glycosylated cell surfaces and also in their ability to affect membrane dynamics by clustering glycosphingolipids. Lectins with modified valency were designed from the β-propeller fold of Ralstonia solanacearum lectin (RSL) that presents six fucose binding sites. After identification of key amino acids by molecular dynamics calculations, two mutants with reduced valency were produced. Isothermal titration calorimetry confirmed the loss of three high affinity binding sites for both mutants. Crystal structures indicated that residual low affinity binding occurred in W76A but not in R17A. The trivalent R17A mutant presented unchanged avidity toward fucosylated surfaces, when compared to hexavalent RSL. However, R17A is not able anymore to induce formation of membrane invaginations on giant unilamellar vesicules, indicating the crucial role of number of binding sites for clustering of glycolipids. In the human lung epithelial cell line H1299, wt-RSL is internalized within seconds whereas the kinetics of R17A uptake is largely delayed. Neolectins with tailored valency are promising tools to study membrane dynamics.

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