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Molecular dynamics simulations investigate the mechanism of Psalmotoxin 1 regulating gating process of an acid-sensing ion channel 1a at pH 5.5

Lu Liu, Xuri Huang, Lianjuan Yang, Xi Zhao, Hui Yu

Acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is a cation channel activated by protons and causes neuronal death through central nervous system. Psalmotoxin1 (PcTx1) is a gating modifier for ASIC1a. The process of PcTx1 regulating the channel gating from the extracellular domain to the transmembrane domain is unclear. Here we used molecular dynamics (MD) simulations method to investigate how PcTx1 regulates the gating of the ASIC1a. Our results indicated that PcTx1can mainly regulate ASIC1a gating process through hydrogen bonds, which can affect their relative positions of several key domains in ASIC1a, further, a long-range conformational changes path was determined, which is composed of β1, β2, β10, α6, α7, β11, and β12 in ASIC1a.

Publisher URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07391102.2017.1363087

DOI: 10.1080/07391102.2017.1363087

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