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A baculoviral system for the production of human β-glucocerebrosidase enables atomic resolution analysis

DOI: 10.1107/S205979832000501X DOI Help

Authors: Rhianna J. Rowland (University of York) , Liang Wu (The University of York) , Feng Liu (University of British Columbia) , Gideon Davies (The University of York)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Acta Crystallographica Section D Structural Biology , VOL 76 , PAGES 565 - 580

State: Published (Approved)
Published: June 2020
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 18598

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Abstract: The lysosomal glycoside hydrolase β-glucocerebrosidase (GBA; sometimes called GBA1 or GCase) catalyses the hydrolysis of glycosphingolipids. Inherited deficiencies in GBA cause the lysosomal storage disorder Gaucher disease (GD). Consequently, GBA is of considerable medical interest, with continuous advances in the development of inhibitors, chaperones and activity-based probes. The development of new GBA inhibitors requires a source of active protein; however, the majority of structural and mechanistic studies of GBA today rely on clinical enzyme-replacement therapy (ERT) formulations, which are incredibly costly and are often difficult to obtain in adequate supply. Here, the production of active crystallizable GBA in insect cells using a baculovirus expression system is reported, providing a nonclinical source of recombinant GBA with comparable activity and biophysical properties to ERT preparations. Furthermore, a novel crystal form of GBA is described which diffracts to give a 0.98 Å resolution unliganded structure. A structure in complex with the inactivator 2,4-dinitrophenyl-2-deoxy-2-fluoro-β-D-glucopyranoside was also obtained, demonstrating the ability of this GBA formulation to be used in ligand-binding studies. In light of its purity, stability and activity, the GBA production protocol described here should circumvent the need for ERT formulations for structural and biochemical studies and serve to support GD research.

Journal Keywords: β-glucocerebrosidase; Gaucher disease; insect–baculovirus expression; crystallization

Diamond Keywords: Gaucher Disease; Enzymes

Subject Areas: Biology and Bio-materials, Chemistry

Instruments: I03-Macromolecular Crystallography , I04-1-Macromolecular Crystallography (fixed wavelength) , I04-Macromolecular Crystallography

Added On: 10/06/2020 08:47


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Non-Communicable Diseases Health & Wellbeing Biochemistry Chemistry Structural biology Biophysics Life Sciences & Biotech

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Diffraction Macromolecular Crystallography (MX)