The peroxyl radical-induced oxidation of Escherichia coli FtsZ and its single tryptophan mutant (Y222W) modifies specific side-chains, generates protein cross-links and affects biological function

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FtsZ (filamenting temperature-sensitive mutant Z) is a key protein in bacteria cell division. The wild-type Escherichia coli FtsZ sequence (FtsZwt) contains three tyrosine (Tyr, Y) and sixteen methionine (Met, M) residues. The Tyr at position 222 is a key residue for FtsZ polymerization. Mutation of this residue to tryptophan (Trp, W; mutant Y222W) inhibits GTPase activity resulting in an extended time in the polymerized state compared to FtsZwt. Protein oxidation has been highlighted as a determinant process for bacteria resistance and consequently oxidation of FtsZwt and the Y222W mutant, by peroxyl radicals (ROO•) generated from AAPH (2,2′-azobis(2-methylpropionamidine) dihydrochloride) was studied. The non-oxidized proteins showed differences in their polymerization behavior, with this favored by the presence of Trp at position 222. AAPH-treatment of the proteins inhibited polymerization. Protein integrity studies using SDS-PAGE revealed the presence of both monomers and oligomers (dimers, trimers and high mass material) on oxidation. Western blotting indicated the presence of significant levels of protein carbonyls. Amino acid analysis showed that Tyr, Trp (in the Y222W mutant), and Met were consumed by ROO•. Quantification of the number of moles of amino acid consumed per mole of ROO• shows that most of the initial oxidant can be accounted for at low radical fluxes, with Met being a major target. Western blotting provided evidence for di-tyrosine cross-links in the dimeric and trimeric proteins, confirming that oxidation of Tyr residues, at positions 339 and/or 371, are critical to ROO•-mediated crosslinking of both the FtsZwt and Y222W mutant protein. These findings are in agreement with di-tyrosine, N-formyl kynurenine, and kynurenine quantification assessed by UPLC, and with LC-MS data obtained for AAPH-treated protein samples.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFree Radical Biology and Medicine
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

    Research areas

  • AAPH, Di-tyrosine, FtsZ, Peroxyl radicals, Protein oxidation, Tryptophan, Tyrosine

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