Structural insights into G-protein-coupled receptor allostery

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Abstract

G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are key cell-surface proteins that transduce external environmental cues into biochemical signals across the membrane. GPCRs are intrinsically allosteric proteins; they interact via spatially distinct yet conformationally linked domains with both endogenous and exogenous proteins, nutrients, metabolites, hormones, small molecules and biological agents. Here we explore recent high-resolution structural studies, which are beginning to unravel the atomic details of allosteric transitions that govern GPCR biology, as well as highlighting how the wide diversity of druggable allosteric sites across these receptors present opportunities for developing new classes of therapeutics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalNature
Volume559
Issue number7712
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2018

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