Source:Proteins, 61:461-7, 2005
Binding sites in the full-length, ligand-binding domain of rat vitamin D receptor (LBD-rVDR) for an active hormone derived from vitamin D (1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3)) and three of its C-2 substituted analogs were compared by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Specific residue labeled with [UL]-(15)N(2) Trp allowed assignment of the side-chain H(epsilon1) and N(epsilon1) resonances of the single tryptophan residue at position 282 in LBD-rVDR. Comparison of (1)H[(15)N] Heteronuclear Single Quantum Correlation (HSQC) spectra of apo and holo LBD-rVDR revealed that the position of the Trp282 H(epsilon1) and N(epsilon1) signals are sensitive to the presence of the ligand in the receptor cavity. Binding of the ligands to LBD-rVDR results in a shift of both Trp H(epsilon1) and N(epsilon1) resonances to lower frequencies. The results indicate that the interaction between the ligands and Trp282 is not responsible for differences in calcemic activity observed in vitamin D analogs.