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Towards Molecular Understanding of the Functional Role of UbiJ-UbiK2 Complex in Ubiquinone Biosynthesis by Multiscale Molecular Modelling Studies

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Ubiquinone (UQ) is a polyisoprenoid lipid found in the membranes of bacteria and eukaryotes. UQ has important roles, notably in respiratory metabolisms which sustain cellular bioenergetics. Most steps of UQ biosynthesis take place in the cytosol of E. coli within a multiprotein complex called the Ubi metabolon, that contains five enzymes and two accessory proteins, UbiJ and UbiK. The SCP2 domain of UbiJ was proposed to bind the hydrophobic polyisoprenoid tail of UQ biosynthetic intermediates in the Ubi metabolon. How the newly synthesised UQ might be released in the membrane is currently unknown. In this paper, we focused on better understanding the role of the UbiJ-UbiK2 heterotrimer forming part of the metabolon. Given the difficulties to gain functional insights using biophysical techniques, we applied a multiscale molecular modelling approach to study the UbiJ-UbiK2 heterotrimer. Our data show that UbiJ-UbiK2 interacts closely with the membrane and suggests possible pathways to enable the release of UQ into the membrane. This study highlights the UbiJ-UbiK2 complex as the likely interface between the membrane and the enzymes of the Ubi metabolon and supports that the heterotrimer is key to the biosynthesis of UQ8 and its release into the membrane of E. coli.
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hal-03800688 , version 1 (06-10-2022)

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Romain Launay, Elin Teppa, Carla Martins, Sophie S Abby, Fabien Pierrel, et al.. Towards Molecular Understanding of the Functional Role of UbiJ-UbiK2 Complex in Ubiquinone Biosynthesis by Multiscale Molecular Modelling Studies. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2022, 23 (18), ⟨10.3390/ijms231810323⟩. ⟨hal-03800688⟩
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