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PubMed 23063513


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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.1 , Kv1.3



Title: A C-terminally amidated analogue of ShK is a potent and selective blocker of the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.3.

Authors: Michael W Pennington, M Harunur Rashid, Rajeev B Tajhya, Christine Beeton, Serdar Kuyucak, Raymond S Norton

Journal, date & volume: FEBS Lett., 2012 Nov 16 , 586, 3996-4001

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23063513


Abstract
ShK, a 35-residue peptide from a sea anemone, is a potent blocker of potassium channels. Here we describe a new ShK analogue with an additional C-terminus Lys residue and amide. ShK-K-amide is a potent blocker of Kv1.3 and, in contrast to ShK and ShK-amide, is selective for Kv1.3. To understand this selectivity, we created complexes of ShK-K-amide with Kv1.3 and Kv1.1 using docking and molecular dynamics simulations, then performed umbrella sampling simulations to construct the potential of mean force of the ligand and calculate the corresponding binding free energy for the most stable configuration. The results agree well with experimental data.