3D structures of membrane-associated small molecules as determined in isotropic bicelles

Nobuaki Matsumori, Michio Murata

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Abstract

About half of known bioactive organic molecules, including drugs, are known to target biological membranes and membrane proteins. Despite this, it has proven difficult to define the membrane-bound conformations of these molecules. In recent years, bicelles have been recognized as a more appropriate membrane model than micelles because their planar portion is composed of a lipid bilayer. Bicelles with a small diameter, termed isotropic or fast-tumbling bicelles, allow for high-resolution NMR measurements due to their high mobility in suspension, and therefore have become a versatile tool for structure studies of membrane-associated molecules. Following a brief description of the morphology and preparation of isotropic bicelles, we summarize their application to structural studies of membrane-bound peptides and small molecules, and then highlight our recent studies on the 3D structures of erythromycin A, salinomycin and amphidinol 3 using isotropic bicelles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1480-1492
Number of pages13
JournalNatural Product Reports
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Membranes
Molecules
Biological membranes
Barreling
Lipid bilayers
Micelles
Erythromycin
Conformations
Lipid Bilayers
Suspensions
Membrane Proteins
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Peptides
Pharmaceutical Preparations
salinomycin
amphidinol 3

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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3D structures of membrane-associated small molecules as determined in isotropic bicelles. / Matsumori, Nobuaki; Murata, Michio.

In: Natural Product Reports, Vol. 27, No. 10, 01.10.2010, p. 1480-1492.

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