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See detailIdentification and functional characterization of a novel αlpha-conotoxin (EIIA) from Conus ermineus
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Servent, Denis; Girard, Emmanuelle et al

in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2013), 405

Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are one of the most important families in the ligand-gated ion channel superfamily due to their involvement in primordial brain functions and in several ... [more ▼]

Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are one of the most important families in the ligand-gated ion channel superfamily due to their involvement in primordial brain functions and in several neurodegenerative pathologies. The discovery of new ligands which can bind with high affinity and selectivity to nAChR subtypes is of prime interest in order to study these receptors and to potentially discover new drugs for treating various pathologies. Predatory cone snails of the genus Conus hunt their prey using venoms containing a large number of small, highly structured peptides called conotoxins. Conotoxins are classified in different structural families and target a large panel of receptors and ion channels. Interestingly, nAChRs represent the only subgroup for which Conus has developed seven distinct families of conotoxins. Conus venoms have thus received much attention as they could represent a potential source of selective ligands of nAChR subtypes. We describe the mass spectrometric based approaches which led to the discovery of a novel α-conotoxin targeting muscular nAChR from the venom of Conus ermineus. The presence of several posttranslational modifications complicated the N-terminal sequencing. To discriminate between the different possible sequences, analogs with variable N-terminus were synthesized and fragmented by MS/MS. Understanding the fragmentation pathways in the low m/z range appeared crucial to determine the right sequence. The biological activity of this novel α-conotoxin (α-EIIA) that belongs to the unusual α4/4 subfamily was determined by binding experiments. The results revealed not only its selectivity for the muscular nAChR, but also a clear discrimination between the two binding sites described for this receptor. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and pharmacological characterization of AdTx1, a natural peptide displaying specific insurmountable antagonism of the alpha1A-adrenoceptor
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Girard, E.; Maiga, A. et al

in British Journal of Pharmacology (2010), 159

Venoms are a rich source of ligands for ion channels, but very little is known about their capacity to modulate G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) activity. We developed a strategy to identify novel toxins ... [more ▼]

Venoms are a rich source of ligands for ion channels, but very little is known about their capacity to modulate G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) activity. We developed a strategy to identify novel toxins targeting GPCRs. Experimental approach: We studied the interactions of mamba venom fractions with a1-adrenoceptors in binding experiments with 3H-prazosin. The active peptide (AdTx1) was sequenced by Edman degradation and mass spectrometry fragmentation. Its synthetic homologue was pharmacologically characterized by binding experiments using cloned receptors and by functional experiments on rabbit isolated prostatic smooth muscle [less ▲]

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See detailQuaternary Indole Alkaloids from the Stem Bark of Strychnos Guianensis
Penelle, Jacques; Tits, Monique ULg; Christen, Philippe et al

in Phytochemistry (2000), 53(8), 1057-66

Two new quaternary alkaloids, 9-methoxy-Nb-methylgeissoschizol and guiachrysine together with the known compounds C-alkaloid O, fluorocurine, mavacurine, macusine B and C-profluorocurine, were isolated ... [more ▼]

Two new quaternary alkaloids, 9-methoxy-Nb-methylgeissoschizol and guiachrysine together with the known compounds C-alkaloid O, fluorocurine, mavacurine, macusine B and C-profluorocurine, were isolated from Strychnos guianensis stembark. The structures of the compounds were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic studies. [less ▲]

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