PinA from Aspergillus nidulans binds to pS/pT-P motifs using the same Loop I and XP groove as mammalian Pin1 Academic Article uri icon


  • Binding of the Cdc25c-T48 ligand to PinA from Aspergillus nidulans has been characterised by the identification of 15N and 1H resonances from 1H-15N HSQC NMR titration experiments using previous backbone assignments. It is shown that the binding site for the Cdc25c-T48 ligand with PinA is the same as in the mammalian protein Pin1, although with a reduced binding affinity. It had previously been proposed that the arginine residue (R17) in the loop I region of the Pin1 WW domain is essential for binding to the pSer/pThr-Pro motifs of phosphorylated ligands such as Cdc25c. In PinA, a fungal homologue of Pin1, the arginine residue (R17) is replaced with an asparagine residue (N17). The effect of substitution of R17 by N17 in Pin1 has been investigated via a computational study, which predicted that changing R17 to N17 in Pin1 lowers the ligand binding affinity as a result of reduced hydrogen bonding between the protein and the phosphate group of the ligand.

publication date

  • September 2007