Negatively Charged Gangliosides Promote Membrane Association of Amphipathic Neurotransmitters

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Juhola , H , Postila , P A , Rissanen , S , Lolicato , F , Vattulainen , I & Rog , T 2018 , ' Negatively Charged Gangliosides Promote Membrane Association of Amphipathic Neurotransmitters ' , Neuroscience , vol. 384 , pp. 214-223 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.05.035

Title: Negatively Charged Gangliosides Promote Membrane Association of Amphipathic Neurotransmitters
Author: Juhola, Hanna; Postila, Pekka A.; Rissanen, Sami; Lolicato, Fabio; Vattulainen, Ilpo; Rog, Tomasz
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Date: 2018-08-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Neuroscience
ISSN: 0306-4522
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311789
Abstract: Lipophilic neurotransmitters (NTs) such as dopamine are chemical messengers enabling neurotransmission by adhering onto the extracellular surface of the post-synaptic membrane in a synapse, followed by binding to their receptors. Previous studies have shown that the strength of the NT-membrane association is dependent on the lipid composition of the membrane. Negatively charged lipids such as phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylglycerol, and phosphatidic acid have been indicated to promote NT-membrane binding, however these anionic lipids reside almost exclusively in the intracellular leaflet of the post-synaptic membrane instead of the extracellular leaflet facing the synaptic cleft. Meanwhile, the extracellular leaflet is relatively rich in biologically relevant anionic gangliosides such as monosialotetrahexosylganglioside (GM1), yet the role of gangliosides in NT-membrane association is not clear. Here, we explored the role of GM1 in modulating the binding of dopamine and histamine (as amphipathicicationic NTs) as well as acetylcholine (as a hydrophilic/cationic NT) with the post-synaptic membrane surface. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations indicated that GM1 fosters membrane association of histamine and dopamine. For acetylcholine, this effect was not observed. The in silico results suggest that gangliosides form a charge-based vestibule in front of the post-synaptic membrane, attracting amphipathic NTs to the vicinity of the membrane. The results also stress the importance to understand the significance of the structural details of NTs, as exemplified by the GM1-acetylcholine interaction. In a larger context, the NT-membrane adherence, coupled to lateral diffusion in the membrane plane, is proposed to improve neurotransmission efficiency by advancing NT entry into the membrane-embedded ligand-binding sites. (C) 2018 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: dopamine
acetylcholine
histamine
cholesterol
monosialotetrahexosylganglioside (GM1)
molecular dynamics (MD)
MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS
HAMILTONIAN REPLICA EXCHANGE
LIPID-MEMBRANES
BIOMOLECULAR SYSTEMS
ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE
FORCE-FIELD
CHOLESTEROL
SCHIZOPHRENIA
DOPAMINE
BILAYER
3112 Neurosciences
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