NMR studies of flexible opiate conformations at monoclonal antibody binding sites I. transferred nuclear overhauser effects show bound conformations

Jay A. Glasel, Philip N. Borer

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500 MHz H, homonuclear, intra-molecular, transferred Nuclear Overhauser Effect measurements have been performed on the bound forms of a classical opiate antagonist, nalorphine and an agonist, levorphanol at their respective binding sites in two different specific anti-opiate monoclonal antibody fragments. Based upon previous studies of opiate conformations in solution the results clearly show without extensive interpretation that one of these flexible haptens has the opposite (from solution) isomeric conformation in its bound form. For nalorphine the axial isomer of the N-allyl substituent is the bound form whereas in solution the equatorial isomer dominates at a ratio of 5:1. For levorphanol the bound form is that of equatorial N-methyl in accord with the low energy conformation in solution. In this preliminary report we discuss the initial measurements and results and their implications with respect to the conformations of flexible ligands at macromolecular binding sites including opiate receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1273
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 30 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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