Voltage-gated potassium channels of the Kv1 family play a crucial role in the generation and transmission of electrical signals in excitable cells affecting neuronal and cardiac activities. Small-molecule blockage of these channels has been proposed to occur via a cooperative mechanism involving two main blocking sites: the inner-pore site located below the selectivity filter, and a side-pocket cavity located between the pore and the voltage sensor. Using 0.5 μs molecular dynamics simulation trajectories complemented by docking calculations, the potential binding sites of the PAP-1 (5-(4-phenoxybutoxy)psoralen) blocker to the crystal structure of Kv1.2 channel have been studied. The presence of both mentioned blocking sites at Kv1.2 is confirmed, adding evidence in favor of a cooperative channel blockage mechanism. These observations provide insight into drug modulation that will guide further developments of Kv inhibitors.
- molecular dynamics simulations, docking ion channels, voltage gated ion channels, GENERAL FORCE-FIELD, GATED K+ CHANNELS, MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS, DRUG-BINDING, STRUCTURAL BASIS, BLOCK, ION, CHARMM, INHIBITORS, MECHANISM
Jorgensen, C., Darre Castell, L., Vanommeslaeghe, K., Omoto, K., Pryde, D., & Domene Nunez, C. (2015). In Silico Identification of PAP-1 Binding Sites in the Kv1.2 Potassium Channel. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 12(4), 1299-1307. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.5b00023