Ions, loops, and side chains: Dynamic regulations of histone deacetylases (HDACs)

Dr. Flemming Hansen
ISMB, University College, London UK
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:00am
MSB 4171
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) modify the structure and function of chromatin and are crucial for transcriptional repression and epigenetic landscaping. It has been hypothesised previously that the structure of class I HDACs is flexible and also that these enzymes are regulated allosterically (a) by the binding of regulators and (b) by post-translational modifications. In the talk I will show how structural dynamics of the isoforms HDAC2 and HDAC8 relate to enzymatic function and how small regulators, such as potassium ions, bind to HDAC8 in order to regulate its enzymatic activity. A series of new NMR methods developed to characterise the dynamics of charged side chains and characterise the binding of monovalent cations to medium-large proteins will also be presented.
Dr. Lewis Kay
CIHR Training Grant in Protein Folding and Interaction Dynamics Seminar Series