Kinetic and mechanistic characterization of NMDA receptor antagonism by replacement and truncation variants of the conantokin peptides.


Journal Article

The characterization of conantokin-T (con-T), conantokin-R (con-R), and variants thereof, using the whole-cell patch clamp technique, was undertaken to evaluate the contribution of various residues towards the onset and recovery of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor inhibition in cultured embryonic murine hippocampal neurons. The results obtained indicate that the two most C-terminal gamma-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla) residues of the conantokins, while not essential for activity, provided for more tenacious binding to the receptor. Specifically, con-T[gamma10K/gamma14K] and con-R[gamma11A/gamma15A] displayed 5.6- and 8.4-fold decreases in tau(off), respectively, compared to the parent peptides. For the truncated con-T variants, con-T[1-9/Q6G], and a sarcosine (Src)-containing species, con-T[1-9/G1Src/Q6G], the tau(off) was over 80- and 40-fold faster, respectively, compared to con-T. For the latter peptide, the coapplication of 300 microM spermine enhanced the onset rate constant from 3.1x10(3)M(-1) x s(-1) to 12.6x10(3)M(-1) x s(-1). From analysis of equilibrium dose-inhibition curves using the Cheng-Prusoff equation, a K(i) value of 1.1 microM for the peptide was obtained. Con-T[1-9/G1Src/Q6G] demonstrated an apparent competitive mode of inhibition relative to NMDA. Schild analysis of the data yielded an equilibrium dissociation constant of 2.4 microM for the interaction of con-T[1-9/G1Src/Q6G] with the receptor.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Klein, RC; Warder, SE; Galdzicki, Z; Castellino, FJ; Prorok, M

Published Date

  • December 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 801 - 810

PubMed ID

  • 11684144

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11684144

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3908

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0028-3908(01)00119-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England