Parathyroid hormone-receptor interactions identified directly by photocross-linking and molecular modeling studies. Academic Article uri icon


  • Direct mapping of the interface between parathyroid hormone (PTH) and its receptor (hPTH1-Rc) was carried out by photoaffinity scanning studies. Photoreactive analogs of PTH singularly substituted with a p-benzoylphenylalanine (Bpa) at each of the first six N-terminal positions have been prepared. Among these, the analog [Bpa1,Nle8,18,Arg13,26,27,L-2-Nal23,Tyr34]bPTH-(1-34)N H2 (Bpa1-PTH-(1-34)) displayed in vitro activity with potency similar to that of PTH-(1-34). The radioiodinated analog 125I-Bpa1-PTH-(1-34) cross-linked specifically to the hPTH1-Rc stably expressed in human embryonic kidney cells. A series of chemical and enzymatic digestions of the hPTH1-Rc-125I-Bpa1-PTH-(1-34) conjugate suggested that a methionine residue (either Met414 or Met425) within the contact domain hPTH1-Rc-(409-437), which includes the transmembrane helix 6 and part of the third extracellular loop, as the putative contact point. Site-directed mutagenesis (M414L or M425L) identified Met425 as the putative contact point. Molecular modeling of the hPTH1-Rc together with the NMR-derived high resolution structure of hPTH-(1-34), guided by the cross-linking data, strongly supports Met425, at the extracellular end of transmembrane helix 6, as the residue interacting with the N-terminal residue of the hPTH-(1-34). The photocross-linking and molecular modeling studies provide insight into the topologic arrangement of the receptor-ligand complex.

published proceedings

  • J Biol Chem

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Bisello, A., Adams, A. E., Mierke, D. F., Pellegrini, M., Rosenblatt, M., Suva, L. J., & Chorev, M

citation count

  • 172

complete list of authors

  • Bisello, A||Adams, AE||Mierke, DF||Pellegrini, M||Rosenblatt, M||Suva, LJ||Chorev, M

publication date

  • August 1998