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J Biol Chem. 2005 Mar 11;280(10):8633-6. Epub 2005 Jan 4.

Conformational changes in the ligand-binding domain of a functional ionotropic glutamate receptor.

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Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.

Abstract

Fluorescence resonance energy transfer was used to determine the structural changes in the extracellular ligand-binding segment in a functional glutamate receptor that contains the ligand-binding, transmembrane, and C-terminal segments. These studies indicate that the structural changes previously reported for the isolated ligand-binding domain due to the binding of partial and full agonists are also observed in this functional receptor, thus validating the detailed structure-function relationships that have been previously developed based on the structure of the isolated ligand-binding domain. Additionally, these studies provide the first evidence that there are no significant changes in the extent of cleft closure between the activated and desensitized states of the glutamate bound form of the receptor consistent with the previous functional investigations, which suggest that desensitization is mediated primarily by changes in the interactions between subunits composing the receptor.

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15632199
DOI:
10.1074/jbc.C400590200
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