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GPCR photopharmacology

AuthorsRicart-Ortega, Maria; Font, Joan; Llebaria, Amadeu CSIC ORCID
KeywordsCaged compounds
G protein-coupled receptors
Photochromic ligands
Photoswitchable orthogonal remotely tethered ligands
Photoswitchable tethered ligands
Issue Date15-May-2019
CitationMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology 488: 36-51 (2019)
AbstractNew technologies for spatial and temporal remote control of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are necessary to unravel the complexity of GPCR signalling in cells, tissues and living organisms. An effective approach, recently developed, consists on the design of light-operated ligands whereby light-dependent GPCR activity regulation can be achieved. In this context, the use of light provides an advantage as it combines safety, easy delivery, high resolution and it does not interfere with most cellular processes. In this review we summarize the most relevant successful achievements in GPCR photopharmacology. These recent findings constitute a significant advance in research studies on the molecular dynamics of receptor activation and their physiological roles in vivo. Moreover, these molecules hold potential toward clinical uses as light-operated drugs, which can overcome some of the problems of conventional pharmacology. © 2019 Elsevier B.V.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2019.03.003
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