Molecular basis of the 14-3-3 protein-dependent activation of yeast neutral trehalase Nth1

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Nov 14;114(46):E9811-E9820. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1714491114. Epub 2017 Oct 30.


The 14-3-3 proteins, a family of highly conserved scaffolding proteins ubiquitously expressed in all eukaryotic cells, interact with and regulate the function of several hundreds of partner proteins. Yeast neutral trehalases (Nth), enzymes responsible for the hydrolysis of trehalose to glucose, compared with trehalases from other organisms, possess distinct structure and regulation involving phosphorylation at multiple sites followed by binding to the 14-3-3 protein. Here we report the crystal structures of yeast Nth1 and its complex with Bmh1 (yeast 14-3-3 isoform), which, together with mutational and fluorescence studies, indicate that the binding of Nth1 by 14-3-3 triggers Nth1's activity by enabling the proper 3D configuration of Nth1's catalytic and calcium-binding domains relative to each other, thus stabilizing the flexible part of the active site required for catalysis. The presented structure of the Bmh1:Nth1 complex highlights the ability of 14-3-3 to modulate the structure of a multidomain binding partner and to function as an allosteric effector. Furthermore, comparison of the Bmh1:Nth1 complex structure with those of 14-3-3:serotonin N-acetyltransferase and 14-3-3:heat shock protein beta-6 complexes revealed similarities in the 3D structures of bound partner proteins, suggesting the highly conserved nature of 14-3-3 affects the structures of many client proteins.

Keywords: 14-3-3 protein; allostery; crystal structure; enzyme; trehalase.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 14-3-3 Proteins / genetics
  • 14-3-3 Proteins / metabolism*
  • Arylalkylamine N-Acetyltransferase / metabolism
  • Catalytic Domain
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Databases, Chemical*
  • Glucose / metabolism
  • Heat-Shock Proteins / chemistry
  • Heat-Shock Proteins / metabolism
  • Models, Molecular
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Conformation
  • Protein Domains
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / enzymology*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / chemistry*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism*
  • Trehalase / chemistry*
  • Trehalase / metabolism*
  • Trehalose / metabolism


  • 14-3-3 Proteins
  • Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Trehalose
  • Arylalkylamine N-Acetyltransferase
  • NTH1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Trehalase
  • Glucose

Associated data

  • PDB/5N6N
  • PDB/5JTA
  • PDB/5M4A
  • PDB/5NIS