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Candida albicans zincophore and zinc transporter interactions with Zn(II) and Ni(II)

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The interaction between the Pra1 zincophore and the Zrt1 zinc(II) transporter is crucial for adequate Zn(II) acquisition in Candida albicans, the most common cause of fungal infections in humans. Pointing out the precise Zn(II) binding site on Zrt1 and describing the thermodynamics of such binding are important steps, which allow one to understand the interactions between Pra1, Zn(II) and Zrt1. Zrt1 coordinates Zn(II) via the side chains of 156His, 161His, 162Cys and 168His, and this binding is stronger than the binding of Zn(II) to Pra1, allowing efficient zinc transfer from the zincophore to the zinc transporter. Additional analysis of Pra1 and Zrt1 complexes with Ni(II), another metal ion necessary for fungal survival, shows the specificity of the studied system – Ni(II) does not interfere with the Zn(II) binding to Pra1, though it might form a comparably stable complex with Zrt1.

Graphical abstract: Candida albicans zincophore and zinc transporter interactions with Zn(ii) and Ni(ii)

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The article was received on 22 Nov 2017, accepted on 22 Jan 2018 and first published on 23 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04403H
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 2646-2654
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    Candida albicans zincophore and zinc transporter interactions with Zn(II) and Ni(II)

    D. Łoboda and M. Rowińska-Żyrek, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 2646
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04403H

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