Volta Phase Plate Cryo-EM Structure of the Human Heterodimeric Amino Acid Transporter 4F2hc-LAT2.

Jeckelmann, Jean-Marc; Fotiadis, Dimitrios (2019). Volta Phase Plate Cryo-EM Structure of the Human Heterodimeric Amino Acid Transporter 4F2hc-LAT2. International journal of molecular sciences, 20(4) Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/ijms20040931

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Heteromeric amino acid transporters (HATs) are protein complexes that catalyze the transport of amino acids across plasma membranes. HATs are composed of two subunits, a heavy and a light subunit, which belong to the solute carrier (SLC) families SLC3 and SLC7. The two subunits are linked by a conserved disulfide bridge. Several human diseases are associated with loss of function or overexpression of specific HATs making them drug targets. The human HAT 4F2hc-LAT2 (SLC3A2-SLC7A8) is specific for the transport of large neutral L-amino acids and specific amino acid-related compounds. Human 4F2hc-LAT2 can be functionally overexpressed in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris and pure recombinant protein purified. Here we present the first cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) 3D-map of a HAT, i.e., of the human 4F2hc-LAT2 complex. The structure could be determined at ~13 Å resolution using direct electron detector and Volta phase plate technologies. The 3D-map displays two prominent densities of different sizes. The available X-ray structure of the 4F2hc ectodomain fitted nicely into the smaller density revealing the relative position of 4F2hc with respect to LAT2 and the membrane plane.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Faculty Institutions > NCCR TransCure
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Jeckelmann, Jean-Marc and Fotiadis, Dimitrios José


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI




Barbara Järmann-Bangerter

Date Deposited:

26 Sep 2019 09:52

Last Modified:

18 Mar 2021 11:12

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

4F2hc L-type amino acid transporter LAT2 SLC3 SLC7 Volta phase plate cryo-EM direct electron detector heteromeric amino acid transporter





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