A Sequential Assignment Procedure for Proteins that have Intermediate Line Widths in MAS NMR Spectra: Amyloid Fibrils of Human CA150.WW2
J. Becker, N. Ferguson, J. Flinders, B.-J. van Rossum, A.R. Fersht, H. Oschkinat – 2008
The second WW domain (WW2) of CA150, a human transcriptional activator, forms amyloid fibrils in vitro under physiological conditions. Based on experimental constraints from MAS NMR spectroscopy experiments, alanine scanning and electron microscopy, a structural model of CA150.WW2 amyloid fibrils was calculated earlier. Here, the assignment strategy is presented and suggested as a general approach for proteins that show intermediate line width. The 13C,13C correlation experiments were recorded on fully or partially 13C-labelled fibrils. The earlier 13C assignment (26 residues) was extended to 34 of the 40 residues by direct 13C-excitation experiments by using a deuterated sample that showed strongly improved line width. A 3D HNC-TEDOR (transferred-echo double-resonance) experiment with deuterated CA150.WW2 fibrils yielded 14 amide nitrogen and proton resonance assignments. The obtained chemical shifts were compared with the chemical shifts determined with the natively folded WW domain. TALOS (Torsion angle likelihood obtained from shift and sequence similarity) predictions confirmed that, under physiological conditions, the fibrillar form of CA150.WW2 adopts a significantly different β structure than the native WW-domain fold.