Cloning and identification of amino acid residues of human phospholipase Cδ1 essential for catalysis

H. F. Cheng, M. J. Jiang, C. L. Chen, S. M. Liu, L. P. Wong, J. W. Lomasney, K. King*

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In vitro single point mutagenesis, inositol phospholipid hydrolysis, and substrate protection experiments were used to identify catalytic residues of human phosphatidylinositide-specific phospholipase Cδ1 (PLCδ1) isolated from a human aorta cDNA library. Invariant amino acid residues containing a functional side chain in the highly conserved X region were changed by in vitro mutagenesis. Most of the mutant enzymes were still able to hydrolyze inositol phospholipid with activity ranging from 10 to 100% of levels in the wild type enzyme. Exceptions were mutants with the conversion of Arg338 to Leu (R338L), Glu341 to Gly (E341G), or His356 to Leu (H356L), which made the enzyme severely defective in hydrolyzing inositol phospholipid. Phospholipid vesicle binding experiments showed that these three cleavage- defective mutant forms of PLCδ1 could specifically bind to phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) with an affinity similar to that of wild type enzyme. Western blotting analysis of trypsin-treated enzyme-PIP2 complexes revealed that a 67-kDa major protein fragment survived trypsin digestion if the wild type enzyme, E341G, or H356L mutant PLCδ1 was preincubated with 7.5 μM PIP2, whereas if it was preincubated with 80 μM PIP2, the size of major protein surviving was comparable to that of intact enzyme. However, mutant enzyme R338L was not protected from trypsin degradation by PIP2 binding. These observations suggest that PLCδ1 can recognize PIP2 through a high affinity and a low affinity binding site and that residues Glu341 and His356 are not involved in either high affinity or low affinity PIP2 binding but rather are essential for the Ca2+-dependent cleavage activity of PLC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5495-5505
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 10 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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