NMR-based binding screen and structural analysis of the complex formed between alpha-cobratoxin and an 18-mer cognate peptide derived from the alpha 1 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor from Torpedo californica.

The alpha18-mer peptide, spanning residues 181-198 of the Torpedo nicotinic acetylcholine receptor alpha1 subunit, contains key binding determinants for agonists and competitive antagonists. To investigate whether the alpha18-mer can bind other alpha-neurotoxins besides alpha-bungarotoxin, we designed a two-dimensional (1)H-(15)N heteronuclear single… (More)