Incubation of opsin with synthetic 6-s-locked retinoids 2a and 2b only led to pigment formation from the alpha-locked 2a, the CD spectrum of which was similar to that of native rhodopsin (Rh). This establishes that the 6-s-bond of the chromophore in rhodopsin is cis, and that its helicity is negative. Earlier cross-linking studies showed that the 11-cis to all-trans photoisomerization occurring in the batho-Rh to lumi-Rh conversion induces a flip over of the side carrying the ring moiety. The GTP-binding assay of pigment Rh-(2a), incorporating retinal analogue 2a, has shown that its activity is 80% that of the native pigment. That is, the overall conformation around the 6-s bond is retained in the steps leading to G-protein activation.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Chemistry - A European Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2001 Oct 1|
- Circular dichroism
- Conformation analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry