G protein coupled receptors as allosteric proteins and the role of allosteric modulators.
ABSTRACT Seven transmembrane receptors (7TMRs) are proteins that convey signals through changes in conformation. These conformations are stabilized by external molecules (i.e. agonists, antagonists, modulators) and act upon other bodies (termed 'guests') which can be other molecules in the extracellular space, or proteins along the plane of the membrane (receptor oligomerization) or signaling proteins in the cytosol (i.e. G protein, β-arrestin). These elements comprise allosteric systems and a great deal of 7TMR pharmacology can be considered in terms of allosteric behavior. Allosteric ligands acting on 7TMRs possess four unique behaviors that can be valuable therapeutically; (1) the ability to alter the interaction of very large proteins, (2) probe dependence, (3) saturable effect, and (4) induction of separate changes in affinity and efficacy of other ligands. Two of these behaviors (namely probe dependence for CCR5-based HIV-1 entry inhibitors and functional selectivity for biased agonism) will be highlighted with examples.
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ABSTRACT: The discovery of allosteric modulators of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) provides a promising new strategy with potential for developing novel treatments for a variety of central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Traditional drug discovery efforts targeting GPCRs have focused on developing ligands for orthosteric sites which bind endogenous ligands. Allosteric modulators target a site separate from the orthosteric site to modulate receptor function. These allosteric agents can either potentiate (positive allosteric modulator, PAM) or inhibit (negative allosteric modulator, NAM) the receptor response and often provide much greater subtype selectivity than do orthosteric ligands for the same receptors. Experimental evidence has revealed more nuanced pharmacological modes of action of allosteric modulators, with some PAMs showing allosteric agonism in combination with positive allosteric modulation in response to endogenous ligand (ago-potentiators) as well as "bitopic" ligands that interact with both the allosteric and orthosteric sites. Drugs targeting the allosteric site allow for increased drug selectivity and potentially decreased adverse side effects. Promising evidence has demonstrated potential utility of a number of allosteric modulators of GPCRs in multiple CNS disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease, as well as psychiatric or neurobehavioral diseases such as anxiety, schizophrenia, and addiction.Neurobiology of Disease 09/2013; 61. DOI:10.1016/j.nbd.2013.09.013 · 5.20 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: G protein-coupled chemokine receptors and their peptidergic ligands are interesting therapeutic targets due to their involvement in various immune-related diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV-1 infection and cancer. To tackle these diseases, a lot of effort has been focused on discovery and development of small-molecule chemokine receptor antagonists. This has been rewarded by the market approval of two novel chemokine receptor inhibitors, AMD3100 (CXCR4) and Maraviroc (CCR5) for stem cell mobilization and treatment of HIV-1 infection respectively. The recent GPCR crystal structures together with mutagenesis and pharmacological studies have aided in understanding how small-molecule ligands interact with chemokine receptors. Many of these ligands display behaviour deviating from simple competition and do not interact with the chemokine binding site, providing evidence for an allosteric mode of action. This review aims to give an overview of the evidence supporting modulation of this intriguing receptor family by a range of ligands, including small molecules, peptides and antibodies. Moreover, the computer-assisted modelling of chemokine receptor-ligand interactions is discussed in view of GPCR crystal structures. Finally, the implications of concepts such as functional selectivity and chemokine receptor dimerization are considered.British Journal of Pharmacology 06/2011; 165(6):1617-43. DOI:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01551.x · 4.99 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Most proteins consist of multiple domains. How do linkers efficiently transfer information between sites that are on different domains to activate the protein? Mere flexibility only implies that the conformations would be sampled. For fast timescales between triggering events and cellular response, which often involves large conformational change, flexibility on its own may not constitute a good solution. We posit that successive conformational states along major allosteric propagation pathways are pre-encoded in linker sequences where each state is encoded by the previous one. The barriers between these states that are hierarchically populated are lower, achieving faster timescales even for large conformational changes. We further propose that evolution has optimized the linker sequences and lengths for efficiency, which explains why mutations in linkers may affect protein function and review the literature in this light.Structure 07/2011; 19(7):907-17. DOI:10.1016/j.str.2011.06.002 · 6.79 Impact Factor