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Quantifying conformational changes in GPCRs: glimpse of a common functional mechanism

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Bioinformatics, April 2015
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Quantifying conformational changes in GPCRs: glimpse of a common functional mechanism
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BMC Bioinformatics, April 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12859-015-0567-3
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James AR Dalton, Isaias Lans, Jesús Giraldo


G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are important drug targets and a better understanding of their molecular mechanisms would be desirable. The crystallization rate of GPCRs has accelerated in recent years as techniques have become more sophisticated, particularly with respect to Class A GPCRs interacting with G-proteins. These developments have made it possible for a quantitative analysis of GPCR geometrical features and binding-site conformations, including a statistical comparison between Class A GPCRs in active (agonist-bound) and inactive (antagonist-bound) states. Here we implement algorithms for the analysis of interhelical angles, distances, interactions and binding-site volumes in the transmembrane domains of 25 Class A GPCRs (7 active and 18 inactive). Two interhelical angles change in a statistically significant way between average inactive and active states: TM3-TM6 (by -9°) and TM6-TM7 (by +12°). A third interhelical angle: TM5-TM6 shows a trend, changing by -9°. In the transition from inactive to active states, average van der Waals interactions between TM3 and TM7 significantly increase as the average distance between them decreases by >2 Å. Average H-bonding between TM3 and TM6 decreases but is seemingly compensated by an increase in H-bonding between TM5 and TM6. In five Class A GPCRs, crystallized in both active and inactive states, increased H-bonding of agonists to TM6 and TM7, relative to antagonists, is observed. These protein-agonist interactions likely favour a change in the TM6-TM7 angle, which creates a narrowing in the binding pocket of activated receptors and an average ~200 Å(3) reduction in volume. In terms of similar conformational changes and agonist binding pattern, Class A GPCRs appear to share a common mechanism of activation, which can be exploited in future drug development.

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Country Count As %
Spain 1 1%
Italy 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Unknown 82 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 18%
Student > Master 15 18%
Student > Bachelor 13 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 9%
Other 11 13%
Unknown 11 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 19%
Chemistry 11 13%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 9 11%
Computer Science 7 8%
Other 9 11%
Unknown 13 15%

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