Solution structure of the second Ran-binding domain from human RanBP2
[RBP2_HUMAN] Defects in RANBP2 are the cause of encephalopathy acute infection-induced type 3 (IIAE3) [MIM:608033]. A rapidly progressive encephalopathy manifesting in susceptibile individuals with seizures and coma. It can occur within days in otherwise healthy children after common viral infections such as influenza and parainfluenza, without evidence of viral infection of the brain or inflammatory cell infiltration. Brain T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging reveals characteristic symmetric lesions present in the thalami, pons and brainstem. Note=Mutations in the RANBP2 gene predispose to IIAE3, but by themselves are insufficient to make the phenotype fully penetrant; additional genetic and environmental factors are required (PubMed:19118815).
[RBP2_HUMAN] E3 SUMO-protein ligase which facilitates SUMO1 and SUMO2 conjugation by UBE2I. Involved in transport factor (Ran-GTP, karyopherin)-mediated protein import via the F-G repeat-containing domain which acts as a docking site for substrates. Could also have isomerase or chaperone activity and may bind RNA or DNA. Component of the nuclear export pathway. Specific docking site for the nuclear export factor exportin-1.   
Publication Abstract from PubMed
The termination of export processes from the nucleus to the cytoplasm in higher eukaryotes is mediated by binding of the small GTPase Ran as part of the export complexes to the Ran-binding domains (RanBD) of Ran-binding protein 2 (RanBP2) of the nuclear pore complex. So far, the structures of the first RanBD of RanBP2 and of RanBP1 in complexes with Ran have been known from X-ray crystallographic studies. Here we report the NMR solution structure of the uncomplexed second RanBD of RanBP2. The structure shows a pleckstrin homology (PH) fold featuring two almost orthogonal beta-sheets consisting of three and four strands and an alpha-helix sitting on top. This is in contrast to the RanBD in the crystal structure complexes in which one beta-strand is missing. That is probably due to the binding of the C-terminal alpha-helix of Ran to the RanBD in these complexes. To analyze the interaction between RanBD2 and the C terminus of Ran, NMR-titration studies with peptides comprising the six or 28 C-terminal residues of Ran were performed. While the six-residue peptide alone does not bind to RanBD2 in a specific manner, the 28-residue peptide, including the entire C-terminal helix of Ran, binds to RanBD2 in a manner analogous to the crystal structures. By solving the solution structure of the 28mer peptide alone, we confirmed that it adopts a stable alpha-helical structure like in native Ran and therefore serves as a valid model of the Ran C terminus. These results support current models that assume recognition of the transport complexes by the RanBDs through the Ran C terminus that is exposed in these complexes.
Solution structure of the Ran-binding domain 2 of RanBP2 and its interaction with the C terminus of Ran.,Geyer JP, Doker R, Kremer W, Zhao X, Kuhlmann J, Kalbitzer HR J Mol Biol. 2005 May 6;348(3):711-25. PMID:15826666
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