Mimicking the membrane-mediated conformation of dynorphin A-(1-13)-peptide: circular dichroism and nuclear magnetic resonance studies in methanolic solution Academic Article uri icon

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  • The structural requirements for the binding of dynorphin to the kappa-opioid receptor are of profound clinical interest in the search for a powerful nonaddictive analgesic. These requirements are thought to be met by the membrane-mediated conformation of the opioid peptide dynorphin A-(1-13)-peptide, Tyr1-Gly2-Gly3-Phe4-Leu5-Arg6-Arg7-Ile8-Arg9-Pro10- Lys11-Leu12-Lys13. Schwyzer has proposed an essentially alpha-helical membrane-mediated conformation of the 13 amino acid peptide [Schwyzer, R. (1986) Biochemistry 25, 4281-4286]. In the present study, circular dichroism (CD) studies on dynorphin A-(1-13)-peptide bound to an anionic phospholipid signified negligible helical content of the peptide. CD studies also demonstrated that the aqueous-membraneous interphase may be mimicked by methanol. The 500- and 620-MHz 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of dynorphin A-(1-13)-peptide in methanolic solution were sequence-specifically assigned with the aid of correlated spectroscopy (COSY), double-quantum filtered phase-sensitive COSY (DQF-COSY), relayed COSY (RELAY), and nuclear Overhauser enhancement spectroscopy (NOESY). 2-D CAMELSPIN/ROESY experiments indicated that at least the part of the molecule from Arg7 to Arg9 was in an extended or beta-strand conformation, which agreed with deuterium-exchange and temperature-dependence studies of the amide protons and analysis of the vicinal spin-spin coupling constants 3JHN alpha. The results clearly demonstrated the absence of extensive alpha-helix formation. chi 1 rotamer analysis of the 3J alpha beta demonstrated no preferred side-chain conformations.


  • Lancaster, C Roy D
  • Mishra, Prasanna K
  • Hughes, Donald W
  • St.-Pierre, Serge A
  • Bothner-By, Aksel A
  • Epand, Richard

publication date

  • May 1, 1991