The objective of the study was to generate a full-length model for the heteropentameric structure of human a4b2 nicotinic receptor. The monomers structure was derived using a fragmental approach and the pentamer was assembled by protein–protein docking. The reliability of the model was assessed docking a representative set of known nicotinic ligands. Docking results unveiled that the ligand affinity depends on key interactions that the ligand’s charged moiety realizes with conserved apolar residues of a4 monomer, whereas the H-bond acceptor group interacts with a less conserved and more heterogeneous subpocket, involving polar residues of b2 subunit. The consistency of docking results and the agreement with the experimental data afford an encouraging validation for the proposed model and emphasize the soundness of such a fragmental approach to model any transmembrane protein.
|Titolo:||Modelling of full-length human α4β2 nicotinic receptor by fragmental approach and analysis of its binding modes|
|Parole Chiave:||Fragmental modelling; Homology modelling; Molecular docking; Nicotine; Nicotinic receptors|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/08 - Chimica Farmaceutica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.02.080|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|