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A complete 1H assignment of d-tubocurarine was carried out using 1D and 2D NMR techniques. Geometries of free acetylcholine (ACh) and d-tubocurarine were compared with those of the ligands bound to a recombinant cholinergic binding site (T alpha 184-200 expressed as a fusion protein in Escherichia coli). The conformations of the free ligands were determined(More)
Snakes have evolved a novel binding site demonstrating selective biorecognition. The snake nicotinic acetylcholine receptor is sensitive to acetylcholine while resistant to the effect of the lethal neurotoxins secreted in their own venom. By subjecting recombinant binding sites to point mutagenesis, biochemical analyses and NMR spectroscopy the binding(More)
Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms that govern ligand-receptor recognition is essential to the rational design of specific pharmacological reagents. Whereas often the receptor and its binding site are the target of investigation, study of the ligand in its free and bound state can also reveal important information regarding this recognition process.(More)
Interactions of four ligands of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor with genetically engineered peptides have been studied by NMR. A recombinant cholinergic binding site was prepared as a fusion protein between a truncated form of the bacterial protein trpE and a peptide corresponding to the sequence alpha 184-200 from the Torpedo californica receptor.(More)
Acetylcholine interactions with three genetically engineered fusion proteins containing peptides from the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor were studied by 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance methods. The three proteins were Torpedo alpha 184-200, Torpedo alpha 186-198, and human alpha 183-204 of the acetylcholine receptor fused to the first 323 residues of(More)
Interactions of ligands with recombinant cholinergic binding sites have been monitored by NMR. Monitoring the selective T1 relaxation of the protons of acetylcholine, nicotine, d-tubocurarine, and gallamine reveals specific binding to peptide constructs containing the alpha 183-204 or shorter sequences of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor of Torpedo,(More)
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