The N-terminal domain of the GLP-1 receptor binds the putative helical region of the peptide agonists, GLP-1 and exendin-4. Here we demonstrate that this interaction also determines the magnitude of a separate interaction between the N-terminus of these peptides and the receptor's core domain. Enhancing the pre-formation of the C-terminal Trp-Cage motif of exendin-4, a motif critical for high-affinity binding, results in no improvement in receptor affinity, suggesting that this motif forms after the initial peptidereceptor binding event.
School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Publication date: February 1, 2004
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