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Large Intracellular Domain-Dependent Effects of Positive Allosteric Modulators on Glycine Receptors

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Glycine receptors (GlyRs) are members of the pentameric ligandgated ionic channel family (pLGICs) and mediate fast inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain stem and spinal cord. The function of GlyRs can be modulated by positive allosteric modulators (PAMs). So far, it is largely accepted that both the extracellular (ECD) and transmembrane (TMD) domains constitute the primary target for many of these PAMs. On the other hand, the contribution of the intracellular domain (ICD) to the PAM effects on GlyRs remains poorly understood. To gain insight about the role of the ICD in the pharmacology of GlyRs, we examined the contribution of each domain using a chimeric receptor. Two chimeras were generated, one consisting of the ECD of the prokaryotic homologue Gloeobacter violaceus ligand-gated ion channel (GLIC) fused to the TMD of the human α 1 GlyR lacking the ICD (Lily) and a second with the ICD (Lily-ICD). The sensitivity to PAMs of both chimeric receptors was studied using electrophysiological techniques. The Lily receptor showed a significant decrease in the sensitivity to four recognized PAMs. Remarkably, the incorporation of the ICD into the Lily background was sufficient to restore the wild-type α 1 GlyR sensitivity to these PAMs. Based on these data, we can suggest that the ICD is necessary to form a pLGIC having full sensitivity to positive allosteric modulators.
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pasteur-04093112 , version 1 (09-05-2023)

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Cesar O Lara, Carlos F Burgos, Tiare Silva-Grecchi, Carola Muñoz-Montesino, Luis G Aguayo, et al.. Large Intracellular Domain-Dependent Effects of Positive Allosteric Modulators on Glycine Receptors. ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 2019, 10 (5), pp.2551-2559. ⟨10.1021/acschemneuro.9b00050⟩. ⟨pasteur-04093112⟩
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