Enzyme activity and selectivity filter stability of ancient TRPM2 channels were simultaneously lost in early vertebrates.

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Summary of "Enzyme activity and selectivity filter stability of ancient TRPM2 channels were simultaneously lost in early vertebrates."

Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 2 (TRPM2) is a cation channel important for the immune response, insulin secretion, and body temperature regulation. It is activated by cytosolic ADP ribose (ADPR), and contains a nudix-type motif 9 (NUDT9)-homology (NUDT9-H) domain homologous to ADPR phosphohydrolases (ADPRases). Human TRPM2 (hsTRPM2) is catalytically inactive due to mutations in the conserved Nudix box sequence. Here we show that TRPM2 Nudix motifs are canonical in all invertebrates, but vestigial in vertebrates. Correspondingly, TRPM2 of the cnidarian (nvTRPM2) and the choanoflagellate (srTRPM2) are active ADPRases. Disruption of ADPRase activity fails to affect nvTRPM2 channel currents, reporting a catalytic cycle uncoupled from gating. Furthermore, pore sequence substitutions responsible for inactivation of hsTRPM2 also appeared in vertebrates. Correspondingly, zebrafish () TRPM2 (drTRPM2) and hsTRPM2 channels inactivate, but srTRPM2 and nvTRPM2 currents are stable. Thus, catalysis and pore stability were lost simultaneously in vertebrate TRPM2 channels.


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