PMID: 11226412
Wurtele M, Renault L, Barbieri JT, Wittinghofer A, Wolf E
Structure of the ExoS GTPase activating domain.
FEBS Lett. 2001 Feb 23;491(1-2):26-9.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen of great medical relevance. One of its major toxins, exoenzyme S (ExoS), is a dual function protein with a C-terminal Ras-ADP-ribosylation domain and an N-terminal GTPase activating protein (GAP) domain specific for Rho-family proteins. We report here the three-dimensional structure of the N-terminal domain of ExoS determined by X-ray crystallography to 2.4 A resolution. Its fold is all helical with a four helix bundle core capped by additional irregular helices. Loops that are known to interact with Rho-family proteins show very large mobility. Considering the importance of ExoS in Pseudomonas pathogenicity, this structure could be of interest for drug targeting.