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Biochemistry. 2010 Aug 10;49(31):6771-6. doi: 10.1021/bi100686t.

Lessons from free energy simulations of delta-opioid receptor homodimers involving the fourth transmembrane helix.

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Department of Structural and Chemical Biology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York 10029, USA.

Abstract

Several G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), including opioid receptors deltaOR, muOR, and kappaOR, have been reported to form stable dimers or oligomers in lipid bilayers and cell membranes. This notion has been recently challenged by imaging data supporting a transient nature of GPCR association. Here we use umbrella sampling reconstructed free energies of deltaOR homodimers involving the fourth transmembrane helix to predict their association constant. The results of these simulations, combined with estimates of diffusion-limited association rates, suggest a short lifetime for deltaOR homodimers in the membrane, in agreement with recent trends.

PMID:
20617813
PMCID:
PMC2914489
DOI:
10.1021/bi100686t
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