The high-resolution crystal structure of an engineered human beta(2)-adrenergic receptor has recently been resolved, suggesting a molecular mechanism by which cholesterol may mediate receptor dimerization. Here, we present a critical examination of new structural and functional insights derived from unprecedented preliminary homology modeling of cannabinoid receptors, obtained using the crystal structure of beta(2)-adrenergic receptor as a template. The structural comparison between the two cannabinoid receptor subtypes and the beta(2)-adrenergic receptor may be of particular interest, by providing important clues for the elucidation of the structural determinants involved in cholesterol binding. In addition, the implications of G protein coupled receptor dimerization, as well as the role of cholesterol in this process, are briefly discussed.
|Titolo:||Lipid-mediated dimerization of beta(2)-adrenergic receptor reveals important clues for cannabinoid receptors|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|