Identification and biochemical characterization of high mobility group protein 20a as a novel ca2+/s100a6 target

Maho Yamamoto, Rina Kondo, Haruka Hozumi, Seita Doi, Miwako Denda, Masaki Magari, Naoki Kanayama, Naoya Hatano, Ryo Morishita, Hiroshi Tokumitsu

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During screening of protein-protein interactions, using human protein arrays carrying 19,676 recombinant glutathione s-transferase (GST)-fused human proteins, we identified the high-mobility protein group 20A (HMG20A) as a novel S100A6 binding partner. We confirmed the Ca2+-dependent interaction of HMG20A with S100A6 by the protein array method, biotinylated S100A6 overlay, and GST-pulldown assay in vitro and in transfected COS-7 cells. Co-immunoprecipitation of S100A6 with HMG20A from HeLa cells in a Ca2+-dependent manner revealed the physiological relevance of the S100A6/HMG20A interaction. In addition, HMG20A has the ability to interact with S100A1, S100A2, and S100B in a Ca2+-dependent manner, but not with S100A4, A11, A12, and calmodulin. S100A6 binding experiments using various HMG20A mutants revealed that Ca2+/S100A6 interacts with the C-terminal region (residues 311–342) of HMG20A with stoichiometric binding (HMG20A:S100A6 dimer = 1:1). This was confirmed by the fact that a GST-HMG20A mutant lacking the S100A6 binding region (residues 311–347, HMG20A-ΔC) failed to interact with endogenous S100A6 in transfected COS-7 cells, unlike wild-type HMG20A. Taken together, these results identify, for the first time, HMG20A as a target of Ca2+/S100 proteins, and may suggest a novel linkage between Ca2+/S100 protein signaling and HMG20A function, including in the regulation of neural differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number510
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Ca-signal transduction
  • Genome-wide screening
  • HMG20A
  • Protein-protein interaction
  • S100 protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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