Movements of native C505 during channel gating in CNGA1 channels.
SourceEuropean Biophysics Journal with Biophysics Letters, 38, 4, (2009), pp. 465-478
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European Biophysics Journal with Biophysics Letters
SubjectIGMD 9: Renal disorder; NCMLS 5: Membrane transport and intracellular motility
We investigated conformational changes occurring in the C-linker and cyclic nucleotide-binding (CNB) domain of CNGA1 channels by analyzing the inhibition induced by thiol-specific reagents in mutant channels Q409C and A414C in the open and closed state. Cd(2+) (200 microM) inhibited irreversibly mutant channels Q409C and A414C in the closed but not in the open state. Cd(2+) inhibition was abolished in the mutant A414C(cys-free), in the double mutant A414C + C505T and in the tandem construct A414C + C505T/CNGA1, but it was present in the construct A414C + C505(cys-free). The cross-linker reagent M-2-M inhibited mutant channel Q409C in the open state. M-2-M inhibition in the open state was abolished in the double mutant Q409C + C505T and in the tandem construct Q409C + C505T/CNGA1. These results show that C(alpha) of C505 in the closed state is located at a distance between 4 and 10.5 A from the C(alpha) of A414 of the same subunit, but in the open state C505 moves towards Q409 of the same subunit at a distance that ranges from 10.5 to 12.3 A from C(alpha) of this residue. These results are not consistent with a 3-D structure of the CNGA1 channel homologous to the structure of HCN2 channels either in the open or in the closed state.
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