J Neurosci 2004 Oct;24(41):9097-104
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, USA.
The mechanism by which agonist binding triggers pore opening in ligand-gated ion channels is poorly understood. Here, we used unnatural amino acid mutagenesis to introduce subtle changes to the side chains of tyrosine residues (Tyr141, Tyr143, Tyr153, and Tyr234), which dominate the 5-HT3 receptor binding site. Heterologous expression in oocytes, combined with radioligand binding data and a model of 5-HT (serotonin) computationally docked into the binding site, has allowed us to determine which of these residues are responsible for binding and/or gating. Read More