Molecules 2021 Feb 13;26(4). Epub 2021 Feb 13.
Departamento de Neurobiología Celular y Molecular, Instituto de Neurobiología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Juriquilla, Boulevard Juriquilla 3001, Juriquilla, Querétaro 76230, Mexico.
Several antidepressants inhibit nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in a non-competitive and voltage-dependent fashion. Here, we asked whether antidepressants with a different structure and pharmacological profile modulate the rat α7 nAChR through a similar mechanism by interacting within the ion-channel. We applied electrophysiological (recording of the ion current elicited by choline, I, which activates α7 nAChRs from rat CA1 hippocampal interneurons) and in silico approaches (homology modeling of the rat α7 nAChR, molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations, and binding free energy calculations). Read More