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Crystal structure of tetrameric human Rabin8 GEF domain


Rab GTPases and their effectors, activators and guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) are essential for vesicular transport. Rab8 and its GEF Rabin8 function in formation of the cilium organelle important for developmental signaling and sensory reception. Here we show by size exclusion chromatography and analytical ultracentrifugation that Rabin8 exists in equilibrium between dimers and tetramers. The crystal structure of tetrameric Rabin8 GEF domain reveals an occluded Rab8 binding site suggesting that this oligomer is enzymatically inactive, a notion we verify experimentally using Rabin8/Rab8 GEF assays. We outline a procedure for the purification of active dimeric Rabin8 GEF‐domain for in vitro activity assays. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Authors:   Melanie Vetter, Niels Boegholm, Anni Christensen, Sagar Bhogaraju, Marie B. Andersen, Anna Lorentzen, Esben Lorentzen
Journal:   Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics
Year:   2018
Pages:   n/a
DOI:   10.1002/prot.25455
Publication date:   10-Jan-2018
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