Biochemical defects in retina-specific human ATP binding cassette transporter nucleotide binding domain 1 mutants associated with macular degeneration

J Biol Chem. 2002 Jun 14;277(24):21759-67. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M202053200. Epub 2002 Mar 27.


The retina-specific human ABC transporter (ABCR) functions in the retinal transport system and has been implicated in several inherited visual diseases, including Stargardt disease, fundus flavimaculatus, cone-rod dystrophy, and age-related macular degeneration. We have previously described a general ribonucleotidase activity of the first nucleotide binding domain (NBD1) of human ABCR (Biswas, E. E. (2001) Biochemistry 40, 8181-8187). In this communication, we present a quantitative study analyzing the effects of certain disease-associated mutations, Gly-863 --> Ala, Pro-940 --> Arg, and Arg-943 --> Gln on the nucleotide binding, and general ribonucleotidase activities of this domain. NBD1 proteins, harboring these mutations, were created through in vitro site-specific mutagenesis and expressed in Escherichia coli. Results of the enzyme-kinetic studies indicated that these mutations altered the ATPase and CTPase activities of NBD1. The G863A and P940R mutations were found to have significant attenuation of the rates of nucleotide hydrolysis and binding affinities. On the other hand, the R943Q mutation had small, but detectable reduction in its nucleotidase activity and nucleotide binding affinity. We have measured the nucleotide binding affinities of NBD1 protein and its mutants quantitatively by fluorescence anisotropy changes during protein binding to ethenoadenosine ATP (epsilonATP), a fluorescent ATP analogue. We have correlated the dissociation constant (K(D)) and the rates of nucleotide hydrolysis (V(max)) of NBD1 and its mutants with the available genetic data for these mutations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / chemistry*
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / metabolism*
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / chemistry
  • Adenosine Triphosphate / metabolism*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Anisotropy
  • Arginine / chemistry
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Databases as Topic
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Escherichia coli / metabolism
  • Glycine / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Hydrolysis
  • Kinetics
  • Macular Degeneration / metabolism*
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutagenesis, Site-Directed
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Proline / chemistry
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Pyrophosphatases / chemistry
  • Recombinant Proteins / chemistry
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Retina / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Spectrometry, Fluorescence
  • Thermodynamics
  • Time Factors


  • ABCA4 protein, human
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Adenosine Triphosphate
  • Arginine
  • Proline
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases
  • CTPase
  • Pyrophosphatases
  • Glycine