Crystal Structure of the 14-3-3ζ:Serotonin N-Acetyltransferase Complex

  • Obsil T
  • Ghirlando R
  • Klein D
  • et al.
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Serotonin N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) controls the daily rhythm in melatonin synthesis. When isolated from tissue, AANAT copurifies with isoforms ϵ and ζ of 14-3-3. We have determined the structure of AANAT bound to 14-3-3ζ, an association that is phosphorylation dependent. AANAT is bound in the central channel of the 14-3-3ζ dimer, and is held in place by extensive interactions both with the amphipathic phosphopeptide binding groove of 14-3-3ζ and with other parts of the central channel. Thermodynamic and activity measurements, together with crystallographic analysis, indicate that binding of AANAT by 14-3-3ζ modulates AANAT's activity and affinity for its substrates by stabilizing a region of AANAT involved in substrate binding.




Obsil, T., Ghirlando, R., Klein, D. C., Ganguly, S., & Dyda, F. (2002). Crystal Structure of the 14-3-3ζ:Serotonin N-Acetyltransferase Complex. Cell, 105(2), 257–267.

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