Revealing the membrane-bound structure of neurokinin A using neutron diffraction

M J M Darkes, T Hauss, S Dante, J P Bradshaw

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Neurokinin A (or substance K) belongs to the tachykinin family, a group of small amphipathic peptides that bind to specific membrane-embedded, G-protein coupled receptors. The agonist/receptor complex is quaternary in nature because the receptor binding sites are thought to be located within the lipid bilayer and because the role of water cannot be ignored. The cell membrane acts as a solvent to accumulate peptide and an inducer of peptide secondary structure. The three-dimensional shape that the peptide assumes when associated to the cell membrane will be an important parameter with regards to the receptor selectivity and affinity. Neutron diffraction measurements were carried out in order to define the location of the N-terminus of the peptide in synthetic phospholipid multi-bilayer stacks. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-507
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000


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