PubMed 15949626

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Automatically associated channels: SK2 , SK3 , Slo1

Title: Molecular modeling and docking simulations of scorpion toxins and related analogs on human SKCa2 and SKCa3 channels.

Authors: Nicolas Andreotti, Eric di Luccio, François Sampieri, Michel De Waard, Jean-Marc Sabatier

Journal, date & volume: Peptides, 2005 Jul , 26, 1095-108

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The small-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SKCa) channels modulate cytosolic Ca2+ concentration in excitable and non-excitable tissues by regulating the membrane potential and are responsible of slow action potential after hyperpolarization that inhibits cell firing. Among these, human SKCa2 and SKCa3 channels differ in the pore region by only two residues: Ala331 and Asn367 (human small-conductance calcium-activated potassium channel, hSKCa2) instead of Val485 and His521 (hSKCa3). To design highly selective blockers of hSKCa channels, a number of known hSKCa2 and/or hSKCa3-active peptides (i.e. scorpion toxins and analogs thereof) were analyzed for their interactions and selectivities toward these channels. Molecular models of hSKCa2 and hSKCa3 channels (S5-H5-S6 portion) were generated, and scorpion toxins/peptides of unsolved three-dimensional (3D) structures were modeled. Models of toxin-channel complexes were generated by the bimolecular complex generation with global evaluation, and ranking (BiGGER) docking software and selected by using a screening method of the docking solutions. A high degree of correlation was found to exist between docking energies and experimental Kd values of peptides that blocked hSKCa2 and/or hSKCa3 channels, suggesting it could be appropriate to predict Kd values of other bioactive peptides. The best scoring complexes were also used to identify key residues of both interacting partners, indicating that such an approach should help the design of more active and/or selective peptide blockers of targeted ion channels.