Molecular Modeling of the Structural and Dynamical Changes in Calcium Channel TRPV5 Induced by the African-Specific A563T Variation

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  • Transient receptor potential cation channels, vanilloid subfamily, member 5 (TRPV5) plays a key role in active Ca2+ reabsorption in the kidney. Variations in TRPV5 occur at high frequency in African populations and may contribute to their higher efficiency of Ca2+ reabsorption. One of the African specific variations, A563T, exhibits increased Ca2+ transport ability. However, it is unclear how this variation influences the channel pore. On the basis of the structure of TRPV1, a TRPV5 model was generated to simulate the structural and dynamical changes induced by the A563T variation. On the basis of this model, amino acid residue 563 interacts with V540, which is one residue away from the key residue, D542, involved in Ca2+ selectivity and Mg2+ blockade. The A563T variation increases secondary structure stability and reduces dynamical motion of D542. In addition, the A563T variation alters the electrostatic potential of the outer surface of the pore. Differences in contact between selective filter residues and residue 563 and in electrostatic potential between the two TRPV5 variants were also observed in another model derived from an alternative alignment in the selective filters between TRPV5 and TRPV1. These findings indicate that the A563T variation induces structural, dynamical, and electrostatic changes in the TRPV5 pore, providing structural insight into the functional alterations associated with the A563T variation. (Figure Presented).
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  • Biochemistry  Journal
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  • Wang L; Holmes RP; Peng JB
  • Start Page

  • 1254
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  • 1264
  • Volume

  • 55
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  • 8