Biochemical assessment of channel structure/function is incredibly challenging. Developing computational tools that provide these data would enable translational research, accelerating mechanistic experimentation for the bench scientist studying ion channels. Starting with the premise that protein sequence encodes information about structure, function and evolution (SF&E), we developed a unified framework for inferring SF&E from sequence information using a knowledge-based approach. The Gestalt Domain Detection Algorithm-Basic Local Alignment Tool (GDDA-BLAST) provides phylogenetic profiles that can model, ab initio, SF&E relationships of biological sequences at the whole protein, single domain and single-amino acid level.1,2 In our recent paper,4 we have applied GDDA-BLAST analysis to study canonical TRP (TRPC) channels1 and empirically validated predicted lipid-binding and trafficking activities contained within the TRPC3 TRP_2 domain of unknown function. Overall, our in silico, in vitro, and in vivo experiments support a model in which TRPC3 has signal-sensing antennae which are adorned with lipid-binding, trafficking and calmodulin regulatory domains. In this Addendum, we correlate our functional domain analysis with the cryo-EM structure of TRPC3.3 In addition, we synthesize recent studies with our new findings to provide a refined model on the mechanism(s) of TRPC3 activation/deactivation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)