Channelrhodopsins (ChRs) are of great interest currently because of their important applications in optogenetics, the photostimulation of neurons. The absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectra of C1C2, a chimera of ChR1 and ChR2 of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have been studied experimentally and theoretically. The visible absorption spectrum of C1C2 shows vibronic fine structure in the 470 nm band, consistent with the relatively nonpolar binding site. The CD spectrum has a negative band at 492 nm (Δmax = -6.17 M-1 cm-1) and a positive band at 434 nm (Δmax = +6.65 M-1 cm-1), indicating exciton coupling within the C1C2 dimer. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations are reported for three models of the C1C2 chromophore: (1) the isolated protonated retinal Schiff base (retPSB); (2) an ion pair, including the retPSB chromophore, two carboxylate side chains (Asp 292, Glu 162), modeled by acetate, and a water molecule; and (3) a hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) model depicting the binding pocket, in which the QM part consists of the same ion pair as that in (2) and the MM part consists of the protein residues surrounding the ion pair within 10 Å. For each of these models, the CD of both the monomer and the dimer was calculated with TDDFT. For the dimer, DeVoe polarizability theory and exciton calculations were also performed. The exciton calculations were supplemented by calculations of the coupling of the retinal transition with aromatic and peptide group transitions. For the dimer, all three methods and three models give a long-wavelength C2-axis-polarized band, negative in CD, and a short-wavelength band polarized perpendicular to the C2 axis with positive CD, differing in wavelength by 1-5 nm. Only the retPSB model gives an exciton couplet that agrees qualitatively with experiment. The other two models give a predominantly or solely positive band. We further analyze an N-terminal truncated mutant because it was assumed that the N-terminal domain has a crucial role in the dimerization of ChRs. However, the CD spectrum of this mutant has an exciton couplet comparable to that of the wild-type, demonstrating that it is dimeric. Patch-clamp experiments suggest that the N-terminal domain is involved in protein stabilization and channel kinetics rather than dimerization or channel activity.
|Autori interni:||PESCITELLI, GENNARO|
|Autori:||Gennaro Pescitelli;Hideaki E. Kato;Satomi Oishi;Jumpei Ito;Andrés Daniel Maturana;Osamu Nureki;Robert W. Woody|
|Titolo:||Exciton Circular Dichroism in Channelrhodopsin|
|Anno del prodotto:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/jp505917p|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|