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Experimental and computational investigation of the effect of Hsc70 structural variants on inhibiting amylin aggregation

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submitted on 2024-05-15, 10:33 and posted on 2024-05-15, 10:33 authored by Ali Chaari, Nabanita Saikia, Pradipta Paul, Mohammad Yousef, Feng Ding, Moncef Ladjimi

The misfolding and aggregation of human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), also known as amylin, have been implicated in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Heat shock proteins, specifically, heat shock cognate 70 (Hsc70), are molecular chaperones that protect against hIAPP misfolding and inhibits its aggregation. Nevertheless, there is an incomplete understanding of the mechanistic interactions between Hsc70 domains and hIAPP, thus limiting their potential therapeutic role in diabetes. This study investigates the inhibitory capacities of different Hsc70 variants, aiming to identify the structural determinants that strike a balance between efficacy and cytotoxicity. Our experimental findings demonstrate that the ATPase activity of Hsc70 is not a pivotal factor for inhibiting hIAPP misfolding. We underscore the significance of the C-terminal substrate-binding domain of Hsc70 in inhibiting hIAPP aggregation, emphasizing that the removal of the lid subdomain diminishes the inhibitory effect of Hsc70. Additionally, we employed atomistic discrete molecular dynamics simulations to gain deeper insights into the interaction between Hsc70 variants and hIAPP. Integrating both experimental and computational findings, we propose a mechanism by which Hsc70's interaction with hIAPP monomers disrupts protein-protein connections, primarily by shielding the β-sheet edges of the Hsc70-β-sandwich. The distinctive conformational dynamics of the alpha helices of Hsc70 potentially enhance hIAPP binding by obstructing the exposed edges of the β-sandwich, particularly at the β5-β8 region along the alpha helix interface. This, in turn, inhibits fibril growth, and similar results were observed following hIAPP dimerization. Overall, this study elucidates the structural intricacies of Hsc70 crucial for impeding hIAPP aggregation, improving our understanding of the potential anti-aggregative properties of molecular chaperones in diabetes treatment.

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Published in: Biophysical Chemistry
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  • 2024

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