Estimation of rate constants

According to the event-oriented analysis, there are two conformational states in the channel: high- and low-affinity states, denoted as CH and CL, respectively. Considering the binding of AgTx2, four states were expected to exist: CH (state 1; this numbering was used in the mathematical treatment below), CL (state 2), CHTx (state 3), and CLTx (state 4) (Fig. 4A). The four-state model was also supported by the conventional dwell time analysis, in which both bound and unbound dwell time distribution could be fitted by double-exponential functions (fig. S2, A and B). (A three-state kinetic model was also tested but did not successfully reproduce the measurements: In particular, the model could not reproduce a sudden decrease of Pbound when tpersist = 0 s in Fig. 3E since the model lacks CLTx.) The rate from state i to j is denoted by kij. The time courses of the probabilities of states were calculated by solving the following simultaneous differential equationdP1dt=(k12+k13[AgTx2])P1+k21P2+k31P3dP2dt=k12P1(k21+k24[AgTx2])P2+k42P4dP3dt=k13[AgTx2]P1(k31+k34)P3+k43P4dP4dt=k24[AgTx2]P2+k34P3(k42+k43)P4where Pi is the probability of state i and i=14Pi=1. Two transitions describing AgTx2 binding (state 1 → 3 and 2 → 4) were considered to be proportional to the concentration of the toxin ([AgTx2]). Note that among eight rate constants, one is a dependent variable because of the detailed balance, for example, k43 = k34k42k21k13/k31k12k24.

To estimate the rate constants, four time courses of binding probability were used to fit simultaneously: Pboundt; tpersist = 0 s), Pboundt; tpersist = 1.0 s), Punboundt; tpersist = 0 s), and Punboundt; tpersist = 1.5 s). Pboundt; tpersist) did not greatly alter tpersist > 1.0 s, and Punboundt; tpersist) did not greatly change tpersist > 1.5 s. P3 plus P4 [P3 + 4t)] is the binding probability, which is measured by AFM.

The rates were optimized using the least-squares method, in which the following function (E) was minimizedE=d(Δt)w(Δt)((Pbound(Δt;tpersist=0)P3+4(Δt))2+(Pbound(Δt;tpersist=1.0s)(s1P3+4(Δt)+1s1))2+(Punbound(Δt;tpersist=0)P3+4(Δt))2+(Punbound(Δt;tpersist=1.5s)s2P3+4(Δt))2)where weights w of 10 for Δt < 0.5 s, 2 for 0.5 s ≤ Δt < 5 s, and 1 otherwise were used to precisely fit the sudden changes on the short time scale. In addition, two scaling parameters (s1 = 0.9 and s2 = 0.75) were used to determine the best fit. These four curves were fitted by solving the above simultaneous differential equations with different initial conditions of the probability: Pboundt; tpersist = 0 s) was calculated by setting P4(0) = 0.65 and P3(0) = 0.35. Pboundt; tpersist = 1.0 s) was calculated by setting P3(0) = 1, assuming all channels adopt a high-affinity state if a long time passes after the binding of AgTx2. Similarly, Punboundt; tpersist = 1.5 s) was calculated by setting P2(0) = 1, assuming that all channels adopt a low-affinity state if a long time passes after the dissociation of AgTx2. Punboundt; tpersist = 0 s) was calculated by setting P1(0) = 0.35 and P2(0) = 0.65. All the rates were limited to less than 100 s−1 in the fitting because AFM cannot measure binding events faster than 100 s−1; AFM requires at least 10 ms to scan the entire surface of the AgTx2 molecule. The resultant fitted curves, in addition to the measured ones, are shown in fig. S2 (C and D). The rates were evaluated at 20 nM AgTx2 because the largest amount of data was obtained at that concentration.

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