ReportStructural Biology

Crystal structure of the metazoan Nup62•Nup58•Nup54 nucleoporin complex

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Science  20 Aug 2015:
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac7420

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Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) conduct nucleocytoplasmic transport and gain transport selectivity through nucleoporin FG domains. Here, we report a structural analysis of the FG Nup62•58•54 complex, which is a crucial component of the transport system. It comprises a ≈13 nm long trimerization interface with an unusual 2W3F coil, a canonical heterotrimeric coiled coil, and a kink that enforces a compact six-helix bundle. Nup54 also contains a ferredoxin-like domain. We further identified a heterotrimeric Nup93-binding module for NPC anchorage. The quaternary structure alternations in the Nup62 complex, which were previously proposed to trigger a general NPC-gating, are incompatible with the trimer structure. We suggest that the highly elongated Nup62 complex projects barrier-forming FG-repeats far into the central NPC channel, supporting a barrier that guards the entire cross-section.

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