Publication of IMPRS-LS student Mathias Rosam

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Rosam, M., Krader, D., Nickels, C., Hochmair, J., Back, K.C., Agam, G., Barth, A., Zeymer, C., Hendrix, J., Schneider, M., Antes, I., Reinstein, J., Lamb, D.C., and Buchner, J.
Nat Struct Mol Biol 2018, 25, 90-100.
doi: 10.1038/s41594-017-0012-6

Bap (Sil1) regulates the molecular chaperone BiP by coupling release of nucleotide and substrate

BiP is the endoplasmic member of the Hsp70 family. BiP is regulated by several co-chaperones including the nucleotide-exchange factor (NEF) Bap (Sil1 in yeast). Bap is a two-domain protein. The interaction of the Bap C-terminal domain with the BiP ATPase domain is sufficient for its weak NEF activity. However, stimulation of the BiP ATPase activity requires full-length Bap, suggesting a complex interplay of these two factors. Here, single-molecule FRET experiments with mammalian proteins reveal that Bap affects the conformation of both BiP domains, including the lid subdomain, which is important for substrate binding. The largely unstructured Bap N-terminal domain promotes the substrate release from BiP. Thus, Bap is a conformational regulator affecting both nucleotide and substrate interactions. The preferential interaction with BiP in its ADP state places Bap at a late stage of the chaperone cycle, in which it coordinates release of substrate and ADP, thereby resetting BiP for ATP and substrate binding.