ABIN proteins inhibit NF-κB activation by binding to

Yeast two-hybrid screening
The ubiquitin (ΔGG) coding sequence was cloned into pYTH9 vector creating a fusion protein with GAL4DNA-binding domain. The vector was introduced into Saccharomyces cerevisiae Y190 strain using standard
lithium acetate/polyethylene glycol transformation. cDNA libraries were introduced similarily and cells were
plated on synthetic dropout medium lacking leucine, tryptophan and histidine (BD Biosciences) that was
supplemented with 25 mM 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole. Colonies that grew on the selection medium were assayed for
β-galactosidase activity. Plasmid DNA was extracted by lycticase digestion followed by spin column
purification, amplified and sequenced.
Cell Lines and reagents
HEK 293T and HeLa S3 cells were grown in D-MEM supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum, 2 mM Lglutamine, 0.4 mM sodium pyruvate and antibiotics. Recombinant human TNF was produced in Escherichia coli
and purified to at least 99% homogeneity. TNF had a specific biological activity of 4.7x10 7 IU/mg of purified
protein, as determined with the international standard code 87/650 (National Institute for Biological Standards
and Control, Potters Bar, UK).
Plasmids and antibodies
The plasmid pconaLUC (LMBP 3248) expressing the luciferase (Luc) gene under the control of a minimal NFB-responsive chicken conalbumin promoter, was a gift from Dr. A. Israël (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France). The
plasmid pUT651, encoding -galactosidase, was supplied by Eurogentec (Seraing, Belgium). The ABIN and
MAD expression constructs in pCAGGS vector have been described in (Heyninck et al., 2003; Van Huffel et al.,
2001; Wullaert et al., 2007). All mutations were introduced by PCR mutagenesis. GST-NEMO has been
described before (Wu et al., 2006). HA-ubiquitin was a gift from Dr. K. Burns (University of Lausanne,
Epalinges, Switzerland), pCD-FLAG-NEMO was made by M. Kreike (LMBP 5496), pCal-c-A7M8K expressing
API2/MALT1 was given by Dr. M. Baens (VIB - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium). The
plasmids that have been assigned a LMBP accession number are available from the BCCM/LMBP Plasmid
(http://bccm.belspo.be/about/lmbp.htm). pGEX 4T1 vector was used for expression of all other GST fused
proteins. Monoclonal anti-E tag horseradish peroxidase-linked antibody was obtained from GE Healthcare
(Diegem, Belgium), monoclonal anti-FLAG and monoclonal anti-FLAG horseradish peroxidase-linked
antibodies from Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis, MO, USA), monoclonal anti-HA antibody from Eurogentec (Seraing,
Belgium) and polyclonal anti-hMALT1 antibody (H-300) from Santa Cruz Biotechnology (Santa Cruz, CA,
USA). Anti-mouse and anti-rabbit horseradish peroxidase-linked antibodies were obtained from GE Healthcare
(Diegem, Belgium).
Immunoprecipitation and western blotting
HEK 293T cells (1.5×106) were plated on 10 cm dishes and transfected by calcium phosphate precipitation with
5 μg of total DNA. Twenty-four hours after transfection cells were lysed in 200 μl 0.5 % SDS (v/v) dissociation
buffer (1% Triton-X 100, 0.5% deoxycholate, 120 mM NaCl, 50 mM HEPES pH 7.5) supplemented with
protease and phosphatase inhibitors, and boiled to dissociate any non-covalently bound proteins. Lysates were
diluted 1:5 in dissociation buffer without SDS and cleared, followed by anti-FLAG immunoprecipitation and
immobilization on protein G sepharose beads (Pierce Chemicals, Rockford, IL, USA). Beads were washed four
times with 0.1% SDS dissociation buffer. Precipitated proteins were resolved by SDS-PAGE and analyzed by
western blotting using ECL detection (PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences, Waltham, MA, USA).
GST-pull down assays
GST-proteins were expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 strain and purified from bacterial cell lysates. For
binding assays, HEK 293T cells were transfected with the indicated constructs and lysed for 10 min on ice in
lysis buffer (20 mM Tris-HCl, pH 7.5, 150 mM NaCl, 10% glycerol, 1% Triton-X-100, 0.5 mM DTT, 10 M
ZnCl2) supplemented with 10 mM NEM, protease- and phosphatase inhibitors. Cell lysates were collected,
centrifuged for 15 min (13,000×g) to remove the insoluble fraction and incubated with GST-protein or GST
alone coupled to glutathione sepharose 4B (GE Healthcare, Diegem, Belgium) for 3 h at +4 °C. After incubation,
the sepharose matrix was washed three times with lysis buffer. Bound proteins were resolved by SDS-PAGE and
analyzed by immunoblotting using the indicated antibodies.
NF-κB reporter gene assay
NF-B dependent luciferase reporter assays were performed as previously described (De Valck et al., 1997).
IL-8 determination
IL-8 levels in cell supernatants were determined via specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (BD
Biosciences) according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Protein expression and purification for NMR studies
The coding sequence of human ubiquitin was cloned into the pET-30 Xa/LIC (Novagen), containing N-terminal
6×His- and S-tag, and into the pQE-9 (QIAGEN), containing a N-terminal 6×His-tag and an additional
Tryptophan residue for the accurate calculation of the concentration. The cloned proteins were expressed in 15N-,
or 13C,15N-enriched M9 media following standard protocols and isolated using Ni-NTA chromatography. Further
purification and equilibration with NMR buffer (50 mM Tris-HCl, 150 mM NaCl, pH 7.5) were achieved with
size-exclusion chromatography. The GST- or NusA-6×His- fused ABIN-1 constructs were expressed in LB
media and isolated with corresponding affinity chromatography. The intact fused and/or protease cleaved ABIN1 polypeptides were subjected to size-exclusion chromatography in NMR buffer.
NMR spectra acquisition
The NMR spectra were collected at 298 K on Bruker Avance700, Avance900 and DRX600 spectrometers
equipped with cryogenic probes with Z-gradient capability. Proton chemical shifts were referenced relative to
internal DSS. The 15N and 13C chemical shifts were referenced indirectly using the consensus Ξ ratios (Wishart
et al., 1995). For the reassignement of the ubiquitin amide backbone resonances, HNCACB spectrum of 1.1 mM
C,15N-labelled ubiquitin was collected.
NMR titration experiments
For the titration experiments, series of the 15N,1H-TROSY spectra of the pure 15N-labelled ubiquitin at 0.2 mM
concentration were collected in presence of various concentrations (0 – 0.4 mM) of non-labelled (fused or
protease cleaved) ABIN-1459-545 or it’s mutants. Chemical shift differences (Δσ) were calculated for each
individual amide group using the formula:
The dissociation constants, Kd, were calculated by a least squares fit to the titration data under the assumptions
of a fast exchange regime and a “one binding site” mode of the protein interaction. The equations for the Kd
calculations have been described (Kang et al., 2003; Kim et al., 2001). Kd and Δδmax=Δδbound-Δδfree were used as
minimization parameters.
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Supplementary figure legends:
Supplementary Figure 1A. The Ubiquitin – UBAN interaction is observed with different constructs.
Interaction of
N-labelled 6×His-Trp-Ubiquitin with uncleaved NusA-6×His-ABIN-1459-545 (left panel),
interaction of 15N-labelled 6×His-S-Tag-Ubiquitin with uncleaved GST-ABIN-1465-525. The black contours shows
unassigned resonanses from the S-Tag region (right panel).
Supplementary Figure 1B. Results of the best fitting analysis for 10 Ub residues showing most prominent Δσ
upon titration are presented as individual plots. Each plot contains experimentally observed Δσ values (open
circles) and values calculated according to “monomolecular binding in fast exchange” assumption (line).
Additionally, residue and Kd value obtained during individual fitting are given in each plane. The concentration
of Ub was calculeted from UV-spectra; the concentration for ABIN-1459-545 was estimated by numbers of
methods for each step of titration, the accuracy of ABIN-1459-545 concentration corresponds to ~50%.
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