High-resolution crystal structure of human protease-activated receptor 1

Cheng Zhang, Yoga Srinivasan, Daniel H Arlow, Juan Jose Fung, Daniel Palmer, Yaowu Zheng, Hillary F Green, Anjali Pandey, Ron O. Dror, David E Shaw, William I. Weis, Shaun R Coughlin, Brian K. Kobilka

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Abstract

Protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1) is the prototypical member of a family of G-protein-coupled receptors that mediate cellular responses to thrombin and related proteases. Thrombin irreversibly activates PAR1 by cleaving the amino-terminal exodomain of the receptor, which exposes a tethered peptide ligand that binds the heptahelical bundle of the receptor to affect G-protein activation. Here we report the 2.2-Å-resolution crystal structure of human PAR1 bound to vorapaxar, a PAR1 antagonist. The structure reveals an unusual mode of drug binding that explains how a small molecule binds virtually irreversibly to inhibit receptor activation by the tethered ligand of PAR1. In contrast to deep, solvent-exposed binding pockets observed in other peptide-activated G-protein-coupled receptors, the vorapaxar-binding pocket is superficial but has little surface exposed to the aqueous solvent. Protease-activated receptors are important targets for drug development. The structure reported here will aid the development of improved PAR1 antagonists and the discovery of antagonists to other members of this receptor family.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalNature
Volume492
Issue number7429
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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