Multiple ligand-specific conformations of the β2-adrenergic receptor.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Seven-transmembrane receptors (7TMRs), also called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), represent the largest class of drug targets, and they can signal through several distinct mechanisms including those mediated by G proteins and the multifunctional adaptor proteins β-arrestins. Moreover, several receptor ligands with differential efficacies toward these distinct signaling pathways have been identified. However, the structural basis and mechanism underlying this 'biased agonism' remains largely unknown. Here, we develop a quantitative mass spectrometry strategy that measures specific reactivities of individual side chains to investigate dynamic conformational changes in the β(2)-adrenergic receptor occupied by nine functionally distinct ligands. Unexpectedly, only a minority of residues showed reactivity patterns consistent with classical agonism, whereas the majority showed distinct patterns of reactivity even between functionally similar ligands. These findings demonstrate, contrary to two-state models for receptor activity, that there is significant variability in receptor conformations induced by different ligands, which has significant implications for the design of new therapeutic agents.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kahsai, AW; Xiao, K; Rajagopal, S; Ahn, S; Shukla, AK; Sun, J; Oas, TG; Lefkowitz, RJ

Published Date

  • August 21, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 692 - 700

PubMed ID

  • 21857662

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3404607

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4469

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nchembio.634


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States