Selectivity and cooperativity of modulatory ions in a neurotransmitter receptor.
Ions play a modulatory role in many proteins. Kainate receptors, members of the ionotropic glutamate receptor family, require both monovalent anions and cations in the extracellular milieu for normal channel activity. Molecular dynamics simulations and extensive relative binding free energy calculations using thermodynamic integration were performed to elucidate the rank order of binding of monovalent cations, using x-ray crystal structures of the GluR5 kainate receptor dimers with bound cati...Expand abstract
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