Site-Directed Spin Labeling EPR Spectroscopy Of The Cytoplasmic Tail Of Influenza A M2

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Biophysical Journal


The M2 protein is a 97 residue homotetrameric, multifunctional ion channel that plays critical roles during the influenza infection cycle. While a variety of high-resolution biophysical techniques have been used to characterize the transmembrane domain (residues 22-46) and the juxtamembrane C-terminal region (46-62), less is known about the conformation and dynamics of the remaining residues of the C-terminal cytoplasmic tail. Here, we use site-directed spin labeling electron paramagnetic spectroscopy (SDSL-EPR) experiments to probe the secondary structure and membrane topology of cytoplasmic tail residues 60-80 when the protein is reconstituted into lipid bilayers. Cholesterol is essential for the role the C-terminal domain of the M2 protein plays in viral budding. SDSL-EPR data is collected in both in the presence and absence of cholesterol.