Identification and characterization of GmPDIL7, a soybean ER membrane-bound protein disulfide isomerase family protein

FEBS J. 2017 Feb;284(3):414-428. doi: 10.1111/febs.13984. Epub 2016 Dec 25.


Most proteins synthesized in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) possess intramolecular and intermolecular disulfide bonds, which play an important role in the conformational stability and function of proteins. Hence, eukaryotic cells contain protein disulfide bond formation pathways such as the protein disulfide isomerase (PDI)-ER oxidoreductin 1 (Ero1) system in the ER lumen. In this study, we identified soybean PDIL7 (GmPDIL7), a novel soybean ER membrane-bound PDI family protein, and determined its enzymatic properties. GmPDIL7 has a putative N-terminal signal sequence, a thioredoxin domain with an active center motif (CGHC), and a putative C-terminal transmembrane region. Likewise, we demonstrated that GmPDIL7 is ubiquitously expressed in soybean tissues and is localized in the ER membrane. Furthermore, GmPDIL7 associated with other soybean PDI family proteins in vivo and GmPDIL7 mRNA was slightly upregulated under ER stress. The redox potential of recombinant GmPDIL7 expressed in Escherichia coli was -187 mV, indicating that GmPDIL7 could oxidize unfolded proteins. GmPDIL7 exhibited a dithiol oxidase activity level that was similar to other soybean PDI family proteins. However, the oxidative refolding activity of GmPDIL7 was lower than other soybean PDI family proteins. GmPDIL7 was well oxidized by GmERO1. Taken together, our results indicated that GmPDIL7 primarily plays a role as a supplier of disulfide bonds in nascent proteins for oxidative folding on the ER membrane.

Database: The nucleotide sequence data for the GmPDIL7 cDNA are available in the DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ) databases under the accession numbers LC158001.

Enzyme: Protein disulfide isomerase: EC

Keywords: ERO1; endoplasmic reticulum; protein disulfide isomerase; protein folding; soybean.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / chemistry
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / metabolism*
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Escherichia coli / metabolism
  • Gene Expression
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Disulfide-Isomerases / chemistry
  • Protein Disulfide-Isomerases / genetics
  • Protein Disulfide-Isomerases / metabolism*
  • Protein Domains
  • Protein Sorting Signals
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics*
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Recombinant Proteins / chemistry
  • Recombinant Proteins / genetics
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Soybeans / chemistry*
  • Soybeans / enzymology


  • Plant Proteins
  • Protein Sorting Signals
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Protein Disulfide-Isomerases