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Crystal structures of the Dab homology domains of mouse disabled 1 and 2.

Disabled ( Dab) 1 and 2 are mammalian homologues of Drosophila DAB. Dab1 is a key cytoplasmic mediator in Reelin signaling that controls cell positioning in the developing central nervous system, whereas Dab2 is an adapter protein that plays a role in endocytosis. DAB family proteins possess an amino-terminal DAB homology (DH) domain that is similar to the phosphotyrosine binding/phosphotyrosine interaction ( PTB/PI) domain. We have solved the structures of the DH domains of Dab2 (Dab2-DH) and Dab1 (Dab1-DH) in three different ligand forms, ligand-free Dab2-DH, the binary complex of Dab2-DH with the Asn-Pro-X-Tyr (NPXY) peptide of amyloid precursor protein (APP), and the ternary complex of Dab1-DH with the APP peptide and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (Ins-1,4,5-P3, the head group of phosphatidylinositol-4,5-diphosphate (PtdIns-4,5-P2)). The similarity of these structures suggests that the rigid Dab DH domain maintains two independent pockets for binding of the APP/lipoprotein receptors and phosphoinositides. Mutagenesis confirmed the structural determinants specific for the NPXY sequence and PtdIns-4,5-P2 binding. NMR spectroscopy confirmed that the DH domain binds to Ins-1,4,5-P3 independent of the NPXY peptides. These findings suggest that simultaneous interaction of the rigid DH domain with the NPXY sequence and PtdIns-4,5-P2 plays a role in the attachment of Dab proteins to the APP/lipoprotein receptors and phosphoinositide-rich membranes.[1]


  1. Crystal structures of the Dab homology domains of mouse disabled 1 and 2. Yun, M., Keshvara, L., Park, C.G., Zhang, Y.M., Dickerson, J.B., Zheng, J., Rock, C.O., Curran, T., Park, H.W. J. Biol. Chem. (2003) [Pubmed]
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