An Autoinhibitory Mechanism for Nonsyntaxin SNARE Proteins Revealed by the Structure of Ykt6p

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Science  27 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5530, pp. 698-702
DOI: 10.1126/science.1062950

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Ykt6p is a nonsyntaxin SNARE implicated in multiple intracellular membrane trafficking steps. Here we present the structure of the NH2-terminal domain of Ykt6p (Ykt6pN, residues 1 to 140). The structure of Ykt6pN differed entirely from that of syntaxin and resembled the overall fold of the actin regulatory protein, profilin. Like some syntaxins, Ykt6p adopted a folded back conformation in which Ykt6pN bound to its COOH-terminal core domain. The NH2-terminal domain plays an important biological role in the function of Ykt6p, which in vitro studies revealed to include influencing the kinetics and proper assembly of SNARE complexes.

  • * These authors contributed equally to this work.

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