DOI: 10.1101/461491Nov 4, 2018Paper

Inhibition of tetrameric Patched1 by Sonic Hedgehog through an asymmetric paradigm

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Hongwu QianXin Gong


The Hedgehog (Hh) pathway controls embryonic development and postnatal tissue maintenance and regeneration. Inhibition of oligomeric Hh receptor Patched (Ptch) by the secreted and post-translationally modified ligand Hh relieves suppression of the signaling cascades. Here, we report the cryo-EM structure of tetrameric Ptch1 in complex with palmitoylated N-terminal signaling domain of human Sonic hedgehog (ShhNp). The structure shows that four Ptch1 protomers are organized as a loose dimer of dimers and each dimer binds to one ShhNp through two distinct inhibitory interfaces. Ptch1-A binds to ShhNp through the well-characterized Ca2+-mediated interface on the globular domain of ShhNp, and Ptch1-B primarily interacts with the N-terminal peptide and the palmitoyl moiety. Map comparison reveals that the cholesteryl moiety of native ShhN occupies a recently identified extracellular steroid binding pocket in Ptch1-B. Our structure elucidates the tetrameric assembly of Ptch1 and suggests asymmetric mode of actions of the Hh ligands for inhibiting the potential cholesterol transport activity of Ptch1.

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