The three-dimensional solution conformation of an 11-residue antitoxic analogue of alpha-conotoxin GI, des-Glu1-[Cys3Ala]-des-Cys13-conotoxin GI (CANPACGRHYS-NH(2), designated "GI-15" henceforth), has been determined using two-dimensional (1)H NMR spectroscopy. The disulfide loop region (1C-6C) and the C-terminal tail (8R-11S) are connected by a flexible hinge formed near 7G, and the pairwise backbone rmsds for the former and the latter are 0.58 and 0.65 A, respectively. Superpositioning GI-15 with the structure of alpha-conotoxin GI shows that the two share an essentially identical fold in the common first disulfide loop region (1C-6C). However, the absence of the second disulfide loop in GI-15 results in segmental motion of the C-terminal half, causing the key receptor subtype selectivity residue 8R (Arg9 in alpha-conotoxin GI) to lose its native spatial orientation. The combined features of structural equivalence in the disulfide loop and a mobile C-terminal tail appear to be responsible for the activity of GI-15 as a competitive antagonist against native toxin. Electrostatic surface potential comparisons of the first disulfide region of GI-15 with other alpha-conotoxins or receptor-bound states of acetylcholine and d-tubocurarine show a common protruding surface that may serve as the minimal binding determinant for the neuromuscular acetylcholine receptor alpha 1-subunit. On the basis of the original "Conus toxin macrosite model" [Olivera, B. M., Rivier, J., Scott, J. K., Hillyard, D. R., and Cruz, L. J. (1991) J. Biol. Chem. 266, 1923-1936], we propose a revised binding model which incorporates these results.
PDB ID: 1QS3Download
MMDB ID: 74216
PDB Deposition Date: 1999/6/25
Updated in MMDB: 2009/07
Experimental Method:
solution nmr
Similar Structures:
Biological Unit for 1QS3: monomeric; determined by author
Molecular Components in 1QS3
Label Count Molecule
Protein (1 molecule)
Des-glu1-[cys3ala]-des-cys13-alpha Conotoxin GI
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