Rat alpha7 nAChR desensitization is modulated by W55 (Gay et al. 2008)

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"The rat alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) can undergo rapid onset of desensitization; however, the mechanisms of desensitization are largely unknown. The contribution of a tryptophan (W) residue at position 55 of the rat alpha7 nAChR subunit, which lies within the beta2 strand, was studied by mutating it to other hydrophobic and/or aromatic amino acids, followed by voltage-clamp experiments in Xenopus oocytes. When mutated to alanine, the alpha7-W55A nAChR desensitized more slowly, and recovered from desensitization more rapidly, than wildtype alpha7 nAChRs. The contribution of desensitization was validated by kinetic modelling. ..."
1 . Gay EA, Giniatullin R, Skorinkin A, Yakel JL (2008) Aromatic residues at position 55 of rat alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are critical for maintaining rapid desensitization. J Physiol 586:1105-15 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Channel/Receptor;
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Receptor(s): Nicotinic;
Gene(s): nAChR alpha 7;
Simulation Environment: Pascal/Delphi;
Model Concept(s): Ion Channel Kinetics;
Implementer(s): Skorinkin, Andrei [askorink at yandex.ru];
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