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Possible mechanisms of polyphosphate-induced amyloid fibril formation of ß2-microglobulin.

Zhang, Chun-Ming; Yamaguchi, Keiichi; So, Masatomo; Sasahara, Kenji; Ito, Toru; Yamamoto, Suguru; Narita, Ichiei; Kardos, József; Naiki, Hironobu; Goto, Yuji.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A; 116(26): 12833-12838, 2019 Jun 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31182591
Polyphosphate (polyP), which is found in various microorganisms and human cells, is an anionic biopolymer consisting of inorganic phosphates linked by high-energy phosphate bonds. Previous studies revealed that polyPs strongly promoted the amyloid formation of several amyloidogenic proteins; however, the mechanism of polyP-induced amyloid formation remains unclear. In the present study using ß2-microglobulin (ß2m), a protein responsible for dialysis-related amyloidosis, we investigated amyloid formation in the presence of various chain lengths of polyPs at different concentrations under both acidic (pH 2.0 to 2.5) and neutral pH (pH 7.0 to 7.5) conditions. We found that the amyloid formation of ß2m at acidic pH was significantly accelerated by the addition of polyPs at an optimal polyP concentration, which decreased with an increase in chain length. The results obtained indicated that electrostatic interactions between positively charged ß2m and negatively charged polyPs play a major role in amyloid formation. Under neutral pH conditions, long polyP with 60 to 70 phosphates induced the amyloid formation of ß2m at several micromoles per liter, a similar concentration range to that in vivo. Since ß2m with an isoelectric point of 6.4 has a slightly negative net charge at pH 7, polyPs were unlikely to interact with ß2m electrostatically. PolyPs appear to dehydrate water molecules around ß2m under the unfolded conformation, leading to the preferential stabilization of less water-exposed amyloid fibrils. These results not only revealed the pH-dependent mechanism of the amyloid formation of ß2m but also suggested that polyPs play an important role in the development of dialysis-related amyloidosis.
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