Design, synthesis, structure and binding properties of PDZ binding, cyclic beta-finger peptides

S. Seedorff; C. Appelt; M. Beyermann; P. Schmieder

Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.14, 535-539 (2010)

Protein interaction domains (PIDs) play a critical role in signal transduction. One PID of great interest is the PDZ domain, a 100 amino-acid-residue domain. Most PDZ domains recognize short, C-terminal peptide motives. In the heterodimer of the nNOS-PDZ domain and the alpha-syntrophin-PDZ domain, however, one PDZ domain forms a beta-finger that binds to the other PDZ domain. We show here that cyclic peptides derived from the beta-finger of the nNOS-PDZ domain can bind the syntrophin-PDZ domain in the same manner as the whole domain. The structure of three "finger-peptides" of different size has been determined and the binding investigated using calorimetry and NMR-titration experiments.