Crystal structures of human ET B receptor provide mechanistic insight into receptor activation and partial activation

Wataru Shihoya, Tamaki Izume, Asuka Inoue, Keitaro Yamashita, Francois Marie Ngako Kadji, Kunio Hirata, Junken Aoki, Tomohiro Nishizawa, Osamu Nureki

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Endothelin receptors (ET A and ET B ) are class A GPCRs activated by vasoactive peptide endothelins, and are involved in blood pressure regulation. ET B -selective signalling induces vasorelaxation, and thus selective ET B agonists are expected to be utilized for improved anti-tumour drug delivery and neuroprotection. Here, we report the crystal structures of human ET B receptor in complex with ET B -selective agonist, endothelin-3 and an ET B -selective endothelin analogue IRL1620. The structure of the endothelin-3-bound receptor reveals that the disruption of water-mediated interactions between W6.48 and D2.50 is critical for receptor activation, while these hydrogen-bonding interactions are partially preserved in the IRL1620-bound structure. Consistently, functional analysis reveals the partial agonistic effect of IRL1620. The current findings clarify the detailed molecular mechanism for the coupling between the orthosteric pocket and the G-protein binding, and the partial agonistic effect of IRL1620, thus paving the way for the design of improved agonistic drugs targeting ET B .

Original languageEnglish
Article number4711
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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