The Balancing Act of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins: Enabling Functional Diversity while Minimizing Promiscuity.

TitleThe Balancing Act of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins: Enabling Functional Diversity while Minimizing Promiscuity.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMacossay-Castillo, M., G. Marvelli, M. Guharoy, A. Jain, D. Kihara, P. Tompa, and S. J. Wodak
JournalJ Mol Biol
Date Published2019 Apr 05

Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) or regions (IDRs) perform diverse cellular functions, but are also prone to forming promiscuous and potentially deleterious interactions. We investigate the extent to which the properties of, and content in, IDRs have adapted to enable functional diversity while limiting interference from promiscuous interactions in the crowded cellular environment. Information on protein sequences, their predicted intrinsic disorder, and 3D structure contents is related to data on protein cellular concentrations, gene co-expression, and protein-protein interactions in the well-studied yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Results reveal that both the protein IDR content and the frequency of "sticky" amino acids in IDRs (those more frequently involved in protein interfaces) decrease with increasing protein cellular concentration. This implies that the IDR content and the amino acid composition of IDRs experience negative selection as the protein concentration increases. In the S. cerevisiae protein-protein interaction network, the higher a protein's IDR content, the more frequently it interacts with IDR-containing partners, and the more functionally diverse the partners are. Employing a clustering analysis of Gene Ontology terms, we newly identify ~600 putative multifunctional proteins in S. cerevisiae. Strikingly, these proteins are enriched in IDRs and contribute significantly to all the observed trends. In particular, IDRs of multi-functional proteins feature more sticky amino acids than IDRs of their non-multifunctional counterparts, or the surfaces of structured yeast proteins. This property likely affords sufficient binding affinity for the functional interactions, commonly mediated by short IDR segments, thereby counterbalancing the loss in overall IDR conformational entropy upon binding.

Alternate JournalJ. Mol. Biol.
PubMed ID30878482
PubMed Central IDPMC6453724
Grant ListR01 GM123055 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
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