Structural basis for allosteric control of the SERCA-Phospholamban membrane complex by Ca2+ and phosphorylation

Daniel K. Weber, U. Venkateswara Reddy, Songlin Wang, Erik K. Larsen, Tata Gopinath, Martin B. Gustavsson, Razvan L. Cornea, David D. Thomas, Alfonso De Simone, Gianluigi Veglia

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Phospholamban (PLN) is a mini-membrane protein that directly controls the cardiac Ca2+-transport response to β-adrenergic stimulation, thus modulating cardiac output during the fight-or-flight response. In the sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane, PLN binds to the sarco(endo) plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA), keeping this enzyme’s function within a narrow physiological window. PLN phosphorylation by cAMP-dependent protein kinase A or increase in Ca2+ concentration reverses the inhibitory effects through an unknown mechanism. Using oriented- sample solid-state NMR spectroscopy and replica-averaged NMR-restrained structural refinement, we reveal that phosphorylation of PLN’s cytoplasmic regulatory domain signals the disruption of several inhibitory contacts at the transmembrane binding interface of the SERCA-PLN complex that are propagated to the enzyme’s active site, augmenting Ca2+ transport. Our findings address long- standing questions about SERCA regulation, epitomizing a signal transduction mechanism operated by posttranslationally modified bitopic membrane proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere66226
StatePublished - May 2021

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  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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