Binding to cell membrane, followed by translocation into the cytosol and RNA degradation, is a necessary requirement to convert a ribonuclease into a cytotoxin for malignant tumor cells. In this paper, we investigate the membrane binding attitude of bovine seminal ribonuclease (BS-RNase) and its variant G38K-BS-RNase, bearing an enforced cluster of positive charges at the N-termini surface. By using a combination of biophysical techniques, including CD, SPR and ESR, we find for the two proteins a common, two-step mechanism of interaction with synthetic liposomes, an initial binding to the bilayer surface, driven by electrostatic interactions, followed by a shallow penetration in the lipid core. Protein binding effectively perturbs lipid packing and dynamics. Remarkably, the higher G38K-BS-RNase membrane interacting capability well correlates with its increased cytotoxicity for tumor cells. Overall, these studies shed light on the mechanism of membrane binding and perturbation, proving definitely the importance of electrostatic interactions in the cytotoxic activity of BS-RNase, and provide a rational basis to design proteins with anticancer potential.

Enforcing the positive charge of N-termini enhances membrane interaction and antitumor activity of bovine seminal ribonuclease.

Spadaccini R;
2011

Abstract

Binding to cell membrane, followed by translocation into the cytosol and RNA degradation, is a necessary requirement to convert a ribonuclease into a cytotoxin for malignant tumor cells. In this paper, we investigate the membrane binding attitude of bovine seminal ribonuclease (BS-RNase) and its variant G38K-BS-RNase, bearing an enforced cluster of positive charges at the N-termini surface. By using a combination of biophysical techniques, including CD, SPR and ESR, we find for the two proteins a common, two-step mechanism of interaction with synthetic liposomes, an initial binding to the bilayer surface, driven by electrostatic interactions, followed by a shallow penetration in the lipid core. Protein binding effectively perturbs lipid packing and dynamics. Remarkably, the higher G38K-BS-RNase membrane interacting capability well correlates with its increased cytotoxicity for tumor cells. Overall, these studies shed light on the mechanism of membrane binding and perturbation, proving definitely the importance of electrostatic interactions in the cytotoxic activity of BS-RNase, and provide a rational basis to design proteins with anticancer potential.
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