Magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of G protein-coupled receptors. Chapter uri icon


  • G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent the largest family of membrane receptors and mediate a diversity of cellular processes. These receptors have a common seven-transmembrane helix structure, yet have evolved to respond to literally thousands of different ligands. In this chapter, we describe the use of magic angle spinning solid-state NMR spectroscopy for characterizing the structure and dynamics of GPCRs. Solid-state NMR spectroscopy is well suited for structural measurements in both detergent micelles and membrane bilayer environments. We first outline the methods for large-scale production of stable, functional receptors containing (13)C- and (15)N-labeled amino acids. The expression methods make use of eukaryotic HEK293S cell lines that produce correctly folded, fully functional receptors. We subsequently describe the basic methods used for magic angle spinning solid-state NMR measurements of chemical shifts and dipolar couplings, which reveal detailed information on GPCR structure and dynamics.

publication date

  • 2013