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- Authors : Srikant Awasthi , Pragya Saxena , Hillol Chakdar , Alok K Srivastava, Salman Akhtar*
- Paper ID : IJERTV9IS050015
- Volume & Issue : Volume 09, Issue 05 (May 2020)
- DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.17577/IJERTV9IS050015
- Published (First Online): 07-05-2020
- ISSN (Online) : 2278-0181
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Functional Annotation and Molecular modeling of Hypothetical Proteins (HPs) from P.aeruginosa plasmid pUM505: An In silico Approach
Srikant Awasthi1-2, Pragya Saxena1, Hillol Chakdar1, Alok K Srivastava1 and Salman Akhtar2*
1Department of Bio-Engineering, Integral University, Lucknow, INDIA, 226026
2Microbial Genomics Laboratory, National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM), Mau, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA, 275101
Abstract:- Structural and function annotation of P. aeruginosa plasmid pUM505 is essentially required to facilitate the understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and biochemical pathways important for selecting novel therapeutic target. In present study, randomly selected twelve hypothetical protein sequence of P. aeruginosa plasmid pUM505 has been annotated using various In-Silico tools and databases to determine domain family, solubility of protein, ligand binding sites etc. Six out of 12 proteins have been putatively annotated, in which four have been annotated with high confidence. Physio-chemical characterization revealed two proteins are stable. The three- dimensional structure of two important annotated proteins were modeled and their ligand binding sites were identified. Domains and families for six proteins have been found. The analysis revealed that these proteins have antitoxin activity, integrase enzyme activity, conjugal DNA transfer activity, etc. Structural prediction of these proteins and detection of binding sites from this study would indicate a potential target aiding docking studies for therapeutic designing against various diseases.
Keywords – Hypothetical Protein, Functional Annotation, Molecular Modeling, Docking
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a gram-negative bacterium is well known for its environmental versatility. Diverse growing habitat includes soil, coastal marine, plant and animal tissues . P. aeruginosa is also well known for its multidrug resistant and is a global threat towards many infections disease. P. aeruginosa is a major opportunistic pathogen in humans, causing serious complications caused by infections in patients particularly susceptible like people with immune system deficiencies, victims of skin burns, catheterized patients who suffer urinary tract infections and patients with respirators, causing nosocomial pneumonia . It is the major cause of mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis colonizing the lungs . Role of plasmids in antibiotic resistance are well establish. Plasmids are circular deoxyribonucleic acid molecules that exist in bacteria, usually independent of the chromosome. The study of plasmids is important to medical microbiology because plasmids can encode genes for antibiotic resistance or virulence factors . The pUM505 plasmid contains a
genomic island with sequence similar to islands found in chromosomes of virulent P. aeruginosa clinical isolates. Plasmid pUM505 contains several genes that encode virulence factors, suggesting that the plasmid may contribute directly to bacterial virulence . The bacterium's virulence depends on a large number of cell-associated and extracellular factors. The virulence factors play an important pathological role in the colonization, the survival of the bacteria and the invasion of tissues .
Due to cost-efficiency throughput of genome sequencing has increased enormously resulting thousands of bacterial genomes now available and this number is increasing enormously day by day. Functional annotation of proteomes is a demanding problem . A large fraction of proteins is still labeled as hypothetical protein,unknown function or with similar terms that imply that there is no functional indication for the ORF. Function annotation of putative uncharacterized HPs for their possible biological activity has emerged as an important focus for computational biology [8,9,10]. The pUM505 sequence contained 138 complete coding regions, the majority of them encoded on the complementary DNA strand (75%), with respect to the predicted origin of replication (oriV). Most of the identified genes (46%) encode hypothetical proteins (HSPs). Proper structural and functional determination of this huge fraction (46%) is very important to reveal complete understanding of virulence mechanism in P. aeruginosa. Therefor an improved functional annotation of its proteome is of particular urgency. In present study, 12 randomly selected HPs from P.aeruginosa plasmid pUM505 have been annotated with the help of various bioinformatics resources. Moreover, two important annotated HPS have been structurally modeled and characterized.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Sequence retrieval and physiochemical characterization
Randomly selected twelve HPs which contain standard number of amino acids sequences of P.aeruginosa plasmid pUM505 were retrieved from NCBI
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/) .For Physio-chemical characterization EXPAXY ProtParam  tool were used.
Functional annotation was performed using conserved domain database (CDD) Pfam  and EGGNOG . CELLO  and PSORT B  were used for subcellular localization of proteins. Signal Peptide  and SecretomeP were used for nonclassical secretory pathway in proteins.
3D structure modelling
Homology models of HPs were determined using SWISSMODEL  and protein homology recognition engine Phyre2 . The Phyre server uses a library of known protein structures taken from the structural classification of proteins (SCOP) database and the PDB . The top ten scoring alignments were used to construct the three-dimensional structure of each HP.
Validation of predicted model
The stereo-chemical quality of the modeled structure for HPs was validated with verification server PDBSUM  using PROCHECK . PROCHECK validates the stereochemical quality of a protein structure by analyzing the overall structure and residue-by-residue geometry of proteins. ERRAT server  was used for structure validation.
Active site prediction
MetaPocket 2.0 (http://projects.biotec.tu- dresden.de/metapocket/help.php) was used to find out the ligand binding sites. Proteins are primarily scanned for ligands and it uses the interaction energy between the protein and a simple van der Waals probe to locate vigorously favorable binding sites .
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Sequence analysis and functional annotation Physicochemical studies of selected proteins revealed that two out of 12 proteins are stable. Most of the proteins are of acidic in nature (Supplementary Table S1).
In pursuit of assigning putative function to hypothetical proteins, available sequences and functional information from various resources has been interrogated. Six out of 12 selected hypothetical proteins have been putatively annotated using sequence/domain information from PFAM, functional information from EGGNOG, pathway (Table1). The presence of different domains in varying combinations in different proteins gives rise to the diverse repertoire of proteins found in nature. Identifying the domains present in a protein can provide insights into the function of that protein. Protein YP_004928038.1 has been annotated as PIN3 family protein, YP_004928003.1 as TraU family, YP_004927980.1 as NA-37 family, and YP_004927989.1 as HNH endonuclease (Table 1).
PIN3 domain protein
DUF 1845 (family of unknown function)
DUF 1302 (family of unknown function)
Table1. Predicted Functions of HPs in P.aeruginosa plasmid pUM505
Four proteins have been annotated with high confidant. PIN3 family protein plays a very important role and function as nuclease enzymes that cleave single stranded RNA in a sequence dependent manner. PIN domain contain three nearly invariant acidic residues. PIN-domain proteins found in prokaryotes are the toxic components of toxin-antitoxin operons. These loci provide a control mechanism that helps free-living prokaryotes cope with nutritional stress . HNH proteins are involved in DNA homing, restriction, repair, or chromosome degradation. The HNH proteins are
not only involved in homing but also carry other biological functions, such as DNA degradation, repair, and restriction . TraU is an essential protein to conjugal DNA transfer . All these annotated HPs play crucial role. Sub-cellular localization of protein is an important parameter for protein function in various cellular processes. Sub-cellular localization analysis revealed that 9 proteins are cytoplasmic, one outer membrane protein and two unknown (Table 2).
Inner membrane protein
Inner membrane protein
Inner membrane protein
Inner membrane protein
Table2.Subcellular localization of HPs predicted by different bioinformatics tool
Motifs are signatures of protein families and can be preferably used to define the protein function, particularly in enzyme where motifs are associated with the catalytic function .
3D Structure prediction and Validation
Three dimensional structures of two important annotated proteins have been done with the SWISS Model and Phyre2
server. Based on the results, the stereo chemical evaluation of backbone and dihedral angles of the HSPs revealed that for model HP38; 94.6, and 5.4 % residues were within the most favored regions, additionally allowed regions respectively (Fig 1b). No residue was found in generously allowed or disallowed regions.
Fig1. (a-b):- (a)Three dimensional structure of HP38 model (b) their stereo-chemical property by Ramchandran plot. All the residues are in most favored region
For model HP80, 84.6,12.8, 1.7 and 0.9% residues fall within the most favored regions, additionally allowed regions, generously allowed regions and disallowed regions respectively (Fig 2 a-b). Overall 100 % implies best stereo-
chemical quality for both the model. Based on the stereo chemical validation model HP38 showed more robust model than HP80.
Fig2 (a-b):-(a)Three dimensional structure of HP80 model (b) their stereo-chemical propertyby Ramachandran plot.
Secondary structure prediction showed 5 helices, 2 strands, 7 beta turns for model HP03 while 7 helices, 4 strands and 7 beta turns for HP38 (Fig 3 a-b).
Fig. 3 (a-b) The secondary structure of (a) HP38 and (b) HP80 showing helices, b-Sheets and b-hairpins.
ERRAT is a program for verifying protein structures determined by crystallography. ERRAT server was also used for model quality estimation which showed that overall quality factor was 77.11 and 81.32 % for model HP38 andHP80 respectively which confirms as a good model (Fig.4a- b).
Fig. 4 (a-b):-Model quality estimation plot obtained by ERRAT server for (a) model HP38 (b) model HP80
Active sites in predicted models
Active sites on a protein is of fundamental importance for a range of applications including molecular docking, de novo drug design and structural identification and
comparison of functional sites. During analysis, seven and four binding pockets were identified for model HP38 and HP80, respectively (Fig 4 c-d).
Fig4(c-d). Active sites (shown in balls) identified in protein (c) HP38 (d) HP80
During analysis of NABPs in HP38 model, two largest positive patches were detected viz Patch 1: GHE, SFN, LCS, FPK, PAS, CON Patch 2: FPK, PAS, LCS,
CON, GHE. For model HP38, two largest positive
patches were detected viz Patch 1 GHE, SFN, LCS, FPK, PAS, CON Patch 2: PAS,FPK, LCS,SFN,
GHE Patch 3: PAS, LCS, GHE. Results are shown in Table 3.
GHE-1, SFN-1, LCS-1, FPK-1, PAS-2, CON-1
FPK-2, PAS-3, LCS-3, CON-2, GHE-3
GHE-1, SFN-1, LCS-1, FPK-1, PAS-1, CON-1
PAS-2,FPK-2, LCS-2,SFN-2, GHE-2
PAS-3, LCS-3, GHE-3
Table 3. MetaPocket clusters and their functional residues
This data of active binding site residues will give insight into identifying binding interactions and docking with specific ligands.
Our primary sequence-based analysis led to the identification of two HPs as biologically significant, which might be involved as enzymes (antitoxins, conjugal DNA transferase, and oxido-reductase etc.).
Furthermore, we successfully predicted the structure of two HPs to describe their functions at the molecular level. The outcome of the present study may facilitate better understanding of the mechanism of virulence, drug resistance, pathogenesis, adaptability to host, tolerance for host immune response and drug discovery for treatment of infections caused by P. aeruginosa.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance under project Application of Microorganisms in Agriculture and Allied Sectors (AMAAS) from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India.
Conflict of interest The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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Table 1. Supplementary table S1. Physiochemical characterization of HPs protein
Gene bank Accession Number