Freitag, 17. Juni 2016, 17:15 - 18:15 iCal

Guest Lecture by Dr. Pierre-Jean CORRINGER

Pentameric ligand-gated ion channels functioning at the atomic resolution

UZA 2, Pharmaziegebäude, Seminarroom 2D 358
Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien


The Doctoral Program


is pleased to invite you to the following lecture:

"Pentameric ligand-gated ion channels functioning at the atomic resolution”

by Dr. Pierre-Jean CORRINGER

Pasteur Institute, Channel-receptor Unit, CNRS UMR 3571, Paris;

on: Friday, June 17th 2016; 17:15 (05:15 pm)

at: UZA II, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna;

Seminarroom 2D 358 (Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology)


Abstract: Pentameric channel-receptors, including nicotinic acetylcholine, glycine and GABAA receptors, play a key role in fast excitatory and inhibitory transmission in the nervous system and are the target of numerous therapeutic and addictive drugs. They carry several neurotransmitter binding sites which govern the opening of a transmembrane ion channel. Extensively expressed in animals, they were found in several bacteria, especially the homolog from the cyanobacteria Gloeobacter violaceus (GLIC) which functions as a proton-gated ion channel. The simplified architecture of this archaic homologue, as well as its prokaryotic origin, allowed solving its X-ray structure in two closed and one open conformation. Those static structures suggest that channel opening occurs through symmetrical quaternary twist and “blooming” motions, together with tertiary deformation, according to a global transition that couples channel opening with reorganization of the binding pockets for neurotransmitters and allosteric effectors. To investigate the dynamics of the protein, we further engineered multiple fluorescent reporters, each incorporating a bimane and a ?tryptophan/tyrosine, whose close contact causes fluorescence quenching. We show that proton application causes a global compaction of the extracellular subunit interface, coupled to an outward motion of the M2-M3 loop near the channel gate, and that these movements are highly conserved in lipid vesicles and detergent micelles. Real-time recordings show that ?most structural reorganizations are completed within 2ms, much faster than channel opening. ?Our work thus identifies and structurally characterizes a new pre-active intermediate state in the transition pathway towards activation. Altogether, these combined structural and functional data give insights into the allosteric mechanisms operating in these integral membrane proteins, and pave the way for the rational design of new classes of allosteric modulators.


Selected references: Bocquet et al, Nature, 457:111-4 (2009) ; Prevost, M., et al Nat Struct Mol Biol. 19:642-9 (2012); Sauguet et al, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 111:966-71 (2014)

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