Crystal structure of Arabidopsis thaliana RabA1a.

Research paper by Ji-Sook JS Yun, Sung Chul SC Ha, Shinae S Kim, Yeon-Gil YG Kim, Hyeran H Kim, Jeong Ho JH Chang

Indexed on: 17 Jul '18Published on: 17 Jul '18Published in: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology


RabGTPase is a member of the Ras superfamily of small GTPases, which share a GTP-binding pocket containing highly conserved motifs that promote GTP hydrolysis. In Arabidopsis, the RabA group, which corresponds to the Rab11 group in animals, functions in the recycling of endosomes that control docking and fusion during vesicle transport. However, their molecular mechanisms remain unknown. In this study, we determined the crystal structures of the GDP-bound inactive form and both GppNHp- and GTP-bound active forms of RabA1a, at resolutions of 2.8, 2.6, and 2.6 Å, respectively. A bound sulfate ion in the active site of the GDP-bound structure stabilized Switch II by bridging the interaction between a magnesium ion and Arg74. Comparisons of the two states of RabA1a with Rab11 proteins revealed clear differences in the Switch I and II loops. These results suggested that conformational change of the Switch regions of RabA1a, derived by GTP or GDP binding, could maintain subcellular membrane traffic through the specific interaction of effector molecules. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.