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    Association of Neonicotinoid insensitivity with a conserved residue in the Loop D binding region of the Tick Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor

    Erdmanis, L. and O’Reilly, Andrias O. and Williamson, M.S. and Field, L.M. and Turberg, A. and Wallace, Bonnie A. (2012) Association of Neonicotinoid insensitivity with a conserved residue in the Loop D binding region of the Tick Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor. Biochemistry 51 (23), pp. 4627-4629. ISSN 0006-2960.

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    Abstract

    Neonicotinoid insecticides target nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) in the nervous system of insects but are largely ineffective against ticks. This study aimed to identify the molecular basis for this insensitivity. A homology model of the nAChR binding domain was generated on the basis of the crystal structure of an acetylcholine-binding protein with the insecticide imidacloprid bound. We hypothesized that tick β-subunits would differ at a critical residue (Arg81) in their D loops. To test this, we sequenced nAChR genes from five tick species and found that instead of the conserved arginine found in insects, a glutamine was present in all the tick sequences.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Research Centre: Bioinformatics, Bloomsbury Centre for, Structural Molecular Biology, Institute of (ISMB)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2012 09:39
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:05
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4787

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