Detection of intermolecular transferred-NOE interactions in small and medium size protein complexes: RANTES complexed with a CCR5 N-terminal peptide

Meital Abayev, Gautam Srivastava, Boris Arshava, Fred Naider, Jacob Anglister

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NMR is a powerful tool for studying structural details of protein/peptide complexes exhibiting weak to medium binding (KD > 10 μm). However, it has been assumed that intermolecular nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) interactions are difficult to observe in such complexes. We demonstrate that intermolecular NOEs can be revealed by combining the 13C-edited/13C-filtered experiment with the transferred NOE effect (TRNOE). Due to the TRNOE phenomenon, intermolecular NOE cross peaks are characterized by both the chemical shifts (CSs) of the protein protons and the average CSs of the peptide protons, which are dominated by the CSs of the protons of the free peptide. Previously, the TRNOE phenomenon was used almost exclusively to investigate the conformation of small ligands bound to large biomolecules. Here, we demonstrate that TRNOE can be extended to enable the study of intermolecular interactions in small- and medium-sized protein complexes. We used the 13C-edited/13C-filtered TRNOE experiment to study the interactions of the chemokine regulated upon activation, normal T cell, expressed and secreted (RANTES) with a 27-residue peptide, containing two sulfotyrosine residues, representing the N-terminal segment of the CCR5 receptor ((Nt-CCR5(1–27). The TRNOE phenomenon led to more than doubling of the signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) for the intermolecular NOEs observed in the 13C-edited/13C-filtered experiment for the 11.5-kDa monomeric RANTES/Nt-CCR5(1–27) complex. An even better improvement in the SNR was achieved with dimeric Nt-CCR5(1–27)/RANTES (23 kDa), especially in comparison with the spectra measured with a 1 : 1 protein to peptide ratio. In principle, the isotope-edited/isotope-filtered TRNOE spectrum can discern all intermolecular interactions involving nonexchangeable protons in the complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-601
Number of pages16
JournalFEBS Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Dr. Tali Scherf for help in setting up some of the NMR experiments. We are most grateful to Dr. Adi Moseri, Dr. Lukasz Jaremko and Dr. Mariusz Jaremko for fruitful discussions and help with analysis software. This study was supported by the Minerva Foundation with funding from the Federal German Ministry for Education and Research, by the Comisaroff Family Trust and by the Kimmelman Center. JA is the Dr. Joseph and Ruth Owades Professor of Chemistry. FN is the Leonard and Esther Kurtz Term Professor at CSI of CUNY. FN was supported by the Erna and Jakob Michael Visiting Professorship while on Sabbatical at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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© 2017 Federation of European Biochemical Societies


  • CCR5
  • NMR
  • NOE
  • chemokines
  • intermolecular interactions
  • proteins


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