3C59: Crystal structure of the ligand-bound glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor extracellular domain

The glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) belongs to Family B1 of the seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors, and its natural agonist ligand is the peptide hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is involved in glucose homeostasis, and activation of GLP-1R in the plasma membrane of pancreatic beta-cells potentiates glucose-dependent insulin secretion. The N-terminal extracellular domain (nGLP-1R) is an important ligand binding domain that binds GLP-1 and the homologous peptide Exendin-4 with differential affinity. Exendin-4 has a C-terminal extension of nine amino acid residues known as the "Trp cage", which is absent in GLP-1. The Trp cage was believed to interact with nGLP-1R and thereby explain the superior affinity of Exendin-4. However, the molecular details that govern ligand binding and specificity of nGLP-1R remain undefined. Here we report the crystal structure of human nGLP-1R in complex with the antagonist Exendin-4(9-39) solved by the multiwavelength anomalous dispersion method to 2.2A resolution. The structure reveals that Exendin-4(9-39) is an amphipathic alpha-helix forming both hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions with nGLP-1R. The Trp cage of Exendin-4 is not involved in binding to nGLP-1R. The hydrophobic binding site of nGLP-1R is defined by discontinuous segments including primarily a well defined alpha-helix in the N terminus of nGLP-1R and a loop between two antiparallel beta-strands. The structure provides for the first time detailed molecular insight into ligand binding of the human GLP-1 receptor, an established target for treatment of type 2 diabetes.
PDB ID: 3C59Download
MMDB ID: 62600
PDB Deposition Date: 2008/1/31
Updated in MMDB: 2012/11
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 2.3  Å
Source Organism:
Homo sapiens
Similar Structures:
Biological Unit for 3C59: dimeric; determined by author and by software (PISA)
Molecular Components in 3C59
Label Count Molecule
Proteins (2 molecules)
Glucagon-like Peptide 1 Receptor(Gene symbol: GLP1R)
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Molecule annotation
Chemical (1 molecule)
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