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Conotoxins (Ctx) form a large family of peptide toxins from cone snail venoms that act on a broad spectrum of ion channels and receptors. The subgroup alpha-Ctx specifically and selectively binds to subtypes of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), which are targets for treatment of several neurological disorders. Here we present the structure at a(More)
Discovery of proteins expressed in the central nervous system sharing the three-finger structure with snake α-neurotoxins provoked much interest to their role in brain functions. Prototoxin LYNX1, having homology both to Ly6 proteins and three-finger neurotoxins, is the first identified member of this family membrane-tethered by a GPI anchor, which(More)
The Cys-loop receptor family consists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR), glycine receptor, GABA-A and some other receptors. They fulfill a plethora of functions, whereas their malfunctioning is associated with many diseases. All three domains - extracellular ligand-binding, membrane and cytoplasmic - of these ligand-gated ion channels play(More)
At present the cryo-electron microscopy structure at 4A resolution is known for the Torpedo marmorata nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), and high-resolution X-ray structures have been recently determined for bacterial ligand-gated ion channels which have the same type of spatial organization. Together all these structures provide the basis for better(More)
SLURP-1 is a secreted toxin-like Ly-6/uPAR protein found in epithelium, sensory neurons and immune cells. Point mutations in the slurp-1 gene cause the autosomal inflammation skin disease Mal de Meleda. SLURP-1 is considered an autocrine/paracrine hormone that regulates growth and differentiation of keratinocytes and controls inflammation and malignant cell(More)
We have compared specificity of a panel of polyclonal antibodies against synthetic fragments of the alpha7 subunit of homooligomeric acetylcholine receptor (AChR) and some subunits of heteromeric AChRs. The antibody interaction with extracellular domain of alpha7 subunit of rat AChR (residues 7-208) produced by heterologous expression in E. coli and rat(More)
Human LYNX1, belonging to the Ly6/neurotoxin family of three-finger proteins, is membrane-tethered with a glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor and modulates the activity of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR). Recent preparation of LYNX1 as an individual protein in the form of water-soluble domain lacking glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor (ws-LYNX1;(More)
A series of 14 new analogs of α-conotoxin PnIA Conus pennaceus was synthesized and tested for binding to the human α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) and acetylcholine-binding proteins (AChBP) Lymnaea stagnalis and Aplysia californica. Based on computer modeling and the X-ray structure of the A. californica AChBP complex with the PnIA[A10L, D14K](More)
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are pentameric membrane-bound proteins belonging to the large family of ligand-gated ion channels. nAChRs possess various binding sites which interact with compounds of different chemical nature, including peptides. Historically first peptides found to act on nAChR were synthetic fragments of snake(More)
Phospholipases A2 represent the most abundant family of snake venom proteins. They manifest an array of biological activities, which is constantly expanding. We have recently shown that a protein bitanarin, isolated from the venom of the puff adder Bitis arietans and possessing high phospholipolytic activity, interacts with different types of nicotinic(More)