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Title: Mass spectrometry analysis of human P2X1 receptors; insight into phosphorylation, modelling and conformational changes
Authors: Roberts, Jonathan A.
Bottrill, Andrew R.
Mistry, Sharad
Evans, Richard J.
First Published: 11-Oct-2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell for the International Society for Neurochemistry
Citation: Journal of Neurochemistry, 2012, 123 (5), pp. 725–735
Abstract: Recombinant FlagHis[subscript 6] tagged Human P2X1 receptors expressed in HEK293 cells were purified, digested with trypsin and analysed by mass spectroscopy (96% coverage following de-glycosylation and reduction). The receptor was basally phosphorylated at residues S387, S388 and T389 in the carboxyl terminus, a triple alanine mutant of these residues had a modest ~ 25% increase in current amplitude and recovery from desensitization. Chemical modification showed that intracellular lysine residues close to the transmembrane domains and the membrane stabilization motif are accessible to the aqueous environment. The membrane-impermeant cross-linking reagent 3,3′-Dithiobis (sulfosuccinimidylpropionate) (DTSSP) reduced agonist binding and P2X1 receptor currents by > 90%, and modified lysine residues were identified by mass spectroscopy. Mutation to remove reactive lysine residues around the ATP-binding pocket had no effect on inhibtion of agonist evoked currents following DTSSP. However, agonist evoked currents were ~ 10-fold higher than for wild type following DTSSP treatment for mutants K199R, K221R and K199R-K221R. These mutations remove reactive residues distant from the agonist binding pocket that are close enough to cross-link adjacent subunits. These results suggest that conformational change in the P2X1 receptor is required for co-ordination of ATP action.
DOI Link: 10.1111/jnc.12012
ISSN: 0022-3042
eISSN: 1471-4159
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s) 2012. Re-use of this article is permitted in accordance with the Creative Commons Deed, Attribution 2.5 (, which does not permit commercial exploitation.
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