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Kalina Hristova

Christopher King, Valerica Raicu, Kalina Hristova
Forster Resonant Energy Transfer (FRET) is an indispensable experimental tool for studying membrane proteins. Currently, two models are available for researchers to determine the oligomerization state of membrane proteins in a static quenching FRET experiment: the model of Veatch and Stryer derived in 1977, and the Kinetic Theory-based model for intra-oligomeric FRET, derived in 2007. Because of confinement in two-dimensions, a substantial amount of FRET is generated by energy transfer between fluorophores located in separate oligomers in the 2-D bilayer...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Eduard V Bocharov, Georgy V Sharonov, Olga V Bocharova, Konstantin V Pavlov
Among membrane receptors, the single-span receptor protein kinases occupy a broad but specific functional niche determined by distinctive features of the underlying transmembrane signaling mechanisms that are briefly overviewed on the basis of some of the most representative examples, followed by a more detailed discussion of several hierarchical levels of organization and interactions involved. All these levels, including single-molecule interactions (e.g., dimerization, liganding, chemical modifications), local processes (e...
January 25, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
David Holowka, Barbara Baird
The cell surface receptor for epidermal growth factor (EGFR), a receptor tyrosine kinase, is a key player in normal cell growth and proliferation. Mutations in this receptor often lead to oncological transformation and other pathologies. Because of its representation of the receptor tyrosine kinase family and its important role in health and disease, a broad range of studies have been carried out in many laboratories to investigate the structural basis for transmembrane receptor activation and the resulting assembly of cytosolic signaling components...
December 24, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Gregory Wiedman, Sarah Y Kim, Elmer Zapata-Mercado, William C Wimley, Kalina Hristova
pH-triggered membrane-permeabilizing peptides could be exploited in a variety of applications, such as to enable cargo release from endosomes for cellular delivery, or as cancer therapeutics that selectively permeabilize the plasma membranes of malignant cells. Such peptides would be especially useful if they could enable the movement of macromolecules across membranes, a rare property in membrane-permeabilizing peptides. Here we approach this goal by using an orthogonal high-throughput screen of an iterative peptide library to identify peptide sequences that have the following two properties: (i) little synthetic lipid membrane permeabilization at physiological pH 7 at high peptide concentration and (ii) efficient formation of macromolecule-sized defects in synthetic lipid membranes at acidic pH 5 and low peptide concentration...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Michael R Stoneman, Joel D Paprocki, Gabriel Biener, Koki Yokoi, Aishwarya Shevade, Sergei Kuchin, Valerică Raicu
Transmembrane proteins known as G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been shown to form functional homo- or hetero-oligomeric complexes, although agreement has been slow to emerge on whether homo-oligomerization plays functional roles. Here we introduce a platform to determine the identity and abundance of differing quaternary structures formed by GPCRs in living cells following changes in environmental conditions, such as changes in concentrations. The method capitalizes on the intrinsic capability of FRET spectrometry to extract oligomer geometrical information from distributions of FRET efficiencies (or FRET spectrograms) determined from pixel-level imaging of cells, combined with the ability of the statistical ensemble approaches to FRET to probe the proportion of different quaternary structures (such as dimers, rhombus or parallelogram shaped tetramers, etc...
December 16, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Vikas K Parmar, Ellinor Grinde, Joseph E Mazurkiewicz, Katharine Herrick-Davis
Even though there are hundreds of reports in the published literature supporting the hypothesis that G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) form and function as dimers this remains a highly controversial area of research and mechanisms governing homodimer formation are poorly understood. Crystal structures revealing homodimers have been reported for many different GPCR. For adrenergic receptors, a potential dimer interface involving transmembrane domain 1 (TMD1) and helix 8 (H8) was identified in crystal structures of the beta1-adrenergic (β1-AR) and β2-AR...
December 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Nuala Del Piccolo, Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kalina Hristova
The activity of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) is controlled through their lateral association in the plasma membrane. RTKs are believed to form both homodimers and heterodimers, and the different dimers are believed to play unique roles in cell signaling. However, RTK heterodimers remain poorly characterized, as compared with homodimers, because of limitations in current experimental methods. Here, we develop a FRET-based methodology to assess the thermodynamics of hetero-interactions in the plasma membrane...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Deo R Singh, Fozia Ahmed, Michael D Paul, Manasee Gedam, Elena B Pasquale, Kalina Hristova
All members of the Eph receptor family of tyrosine kinases contain a SAM domain near the C terminus, which has been proposed to play a role in receptor homotypic interactions and/or interactions with binding partners. The SAM domain of EphA2 is known to be important for receptor function, but its contribution to EphA2 lateral interactions in the plasma membrane has not been determined. Here we use a FRET-based approach to directly measure the effect of the SAM domain on the stability of EphA2 dimers on the cell surface in the absence of ligand binding...
January 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kalina Hristova
Missense mutations that introduce or remove cysteine residues in receptor tyrosine kinases are believed to cause pathologies by stabilizing the active receptor tyrosine kinase dimers. However, the magnitude of this stabilizing effect has not been measured for full-length receptors. Here, we characterize the dimer stabilities of three full-length fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) mutants harboring pathogenic cysteine substitutions: the C178S FGFR1 mutant, the C342R FGFR2 mutant, and the C228R FGFR3 mutant...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Deo R Singh, Elena B Pasquale, Kalina Hristova
BACKGROUND: The EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase is known to promote cancer cell malignancy in the absence of activation by ephrin ligands. This behavior depends on high EphA2 phosphorylation on Ser897 and low tyrosine phosphorylation, resulting in increased cell migration and invasiveness. We have previously shown that EphA2 forms dimers in the absence of ephrin ligand binding, and that dimerization of unliganded EphA2 can decrease EphA2 Ser897 phosphorylation. We have also identified a small peptide called YSA, which binds EphA2 and competes with the naturally occurring ephrin ligands...
September 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kurt Ballmer-Hofer, Kalina Hristova
VEGFR-2 is the primary regulator of angiogenesis, the development of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones. VEGFR-2 has been hypothesized to be monomeric in the absence of bound ligand, and to undergo dimerization and activation only upon ligand binding. Using quantitative FRET and biochemical analysis, we show that VEGFR-2 forms dimers also in the absence of ligand when expressed at physiological levels, and that these dimers are phosphorylated. Ligand binding leads to a change in the TM domain conformation, resulting in increased kinase domain phosphorylation...
April 7, 2016: ELife
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kalina Hristova
The G380R mutation in the transmembrane domain of FGFR3 is a germline mutation responsible for most cases of Achondroplasia, a common form of human dwarfism. Here we use quantitative Fӧster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and osmotically derived plasma membrane vesicles to study the effect of the achondroplasia mutation on the early stages of FGFR3 signaling in response to the ligands fgf1 and fgf2. Using a methodology that allows us to capture structural changes on the cytoplasmic side of the membrane in response to ligand binding to the extracellular domain of FGFR3, we observe no measurable effects of the G380R mutation on FGFR3 ligand-bound dimer configurations...
July 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Christopher King, Michael Stoneman, Valerica Raicu, Kalina Hristova
Here we introduce the fully quantified spectral imaging (FSI) method as a new tool to probe the stoichiometry and stability of protein complexes in biological membranes. The FSI method yields two dimensional membrane concentrations and FRET efficiencies in native plasma membranes. It can be used to characterize the association of membrane proteins: to differentiate between monomers, dimers, or oligomers, to produce binding (association) curves, and to measure the free energies of association in the membrane...
February 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kalina Hristova
Fibroblast growth factors (fgfs) are widely believed to activate their receptors by mediating receptor dimerization. Here we show, however, that the FGF receptors form dimers in the absence of ligand, and that these unliganded dimers are phosphorylated. We further show that ligand binding triggers structural changes in the FGFR dimers, which increase FGFR phosphorylation. The observed effects due to the ligands fgf1 and fgf2 are very different. The fgf2-bound dimer structure ensures the smallest separation between the transmembrane (TM) domains and the highest possible phosphorylation, a conclusion that is supported by a strong correlation between TM helix separation in the dimer and kinase phosphorylation...
2016: Nature Communications
Kenneth Hensley, Aleksandra Poteshkina, Ming F Johnson, Pirooz Eslami, S Prasad Gabbita, Alexandar M Hristov, Kalina M Venkova-Hristova, Marni E Harris-White
Diffuse axonal injury is recognized as a progressive and long-term consequence of traumatic brain injury. Axonal injury can have sustained negative consequences on neuronal functions such as anterograde and retrograde transport and cellular processes such as autophagy that depend on cytoarchitecture and axon integrity. These changes can lead to somatic atrophy and an inability to repair and promote plasticity. Obstruction of the autophagic process has been noted after brain injury, and rapamycin, a drug used to stimulate autophagy, has demonstrated positive effects in brain injury models...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Deo R Singh, Fozia Ahmed, Christopher King, Nisha Gupta, Matt Salotto, Elena B Pasquale, Kalina Hristova
The EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase promotes cell migration and cancer malignancy through a ligand- and kinase-independent distinctive mechanism that has been linked to high Ser-897 phosphorylation and low tyrosine phosphorylation. Here, we demonstrate that EphA2 forms dimers in the plasma membrane of HEK293T cells in the absence of ephrin ligand binding, suggesting that the current seeding mechanism model of EphA2 activation is incomplete. We also characterize a dimerization-deficient EphA2 mutant that shows enhanced ability to promote cell migration, concomitant with increased Ser-897 phosphorylation and decreased tyrosine phosphorylation compared with EphA2 wild type...
November 6, 2015: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Nuala Del Piccolo, Kalina Hristova
Here we describe an experimental tool, termed quantitative imaging Förster resonance energy transfer (QI-FRET), that enables the quantitative characterization of membrane protein interactions. The QI-FRET methodology allows us to acquire binding curves and calculate association constants for complex membrane proteins in the native plasma membrane environment. The method utilizes FRET detection, and thus requires that the proteins of interest are labeled with florescent proteins, either FRET donors or FRET acceptors...
August 18, 2015: Accounts of Chemical Research
Deo R Singh, QingQing Cao, Christopher King, Matt Salotto, Fozia Ahmed, Xiang Yang Zhou, Elena B Pasquale, Kalina Hristova
The erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular carcinoma A3 (EphA3) receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) regulates morphogenesis during development and is overexpressed and mutated in a variety of cancers. EphA3 activation is believed to follow a 'seeding mechanism' model, in which ligand binding to the monomeric receptor acts as a trigger for signal-productive receptor clustering. We study EphA3 lateral interactions on the surface of live cells and we demonstrate that EphA3 forms dimers in the absence of ligand binding...
October 1, 2015: Biochemical Journal
Kalina Hristova, Anne Hinderliter
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May 5, 2015: Biophysical Journal
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kalina Hristova
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) conduct biochemical signals upon dimerization in the membrane plane. While RTKs are generally known to be activated in response to ligand binding, many of these receptors are capable of forming unliganded dimers that are likely important intermediates in the signaling process. All 58 RTKs consist of an extracellular (EC) domain, a transmembrane (TM) domain, and an intracellular domain that includes a juxtamembrane (JM) sequence and a kinase domain. Here we investigate directly the effect of the JM domain on unliganded dimer stability of FGFR3, a receptor that is critically important for skeletal development...
April 24, 2015: Journal of Molecular Biology
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