Psalmotoxin-1 docking to human acid-sensing ion channel-1.


Journal Article

Acid-sensing ion channel-1 (ASIC-1) is a proton-gated ion channel implicated in nociception and neuronal death during ischemia. Recently the first crystal structure of a chicken ASIC was obtained. Expanding upon this work, homology models of the human ASICs were constructed and evaluated. Energy-minimized structures were tested for validity by in silico docking of the models to psalmotoxin-1, which potently inhibits ASIC-1 and not other members of the family. The data are consistent with prior radioligand binding and functional assays while also explaining the selectivity of PcTX-1 for homomeric hASIC-1a. Binding energy calculations suggest that the toxin and channel create a complex that is more stable than the channel alone. The binding is dominated by the coulombic contributions, which account for why the toxin-channel interaction is not observed at low pH. The computational data were experimentally verified with single channel and whole-cell electrophysiological studies. These validated models should allow for the rational design of specific and potent peptidomimetic compounds that may be useful for the treatment of pain or ischemic stroke.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Qadri, YJ; Berdiev, BK; Song, Y; Lippton, HL; Fuller, CM; Benos, DJ

Published Date

  • June 26, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 284 / 26

Start / End Page

  • 17625 - 17633

PubMed ID

  • 19395383

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19395383

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M109.003913


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States