The crystal structure of tetanus toxin Hc fragment complexed with a synthetic GT1b analogue suggests cross-linking between ganglioside receptors and the toxin.Fotinou, C., Emsley, P., Black, I., Ando, H., Ishida, H., Kiso, M., Sinha, K.A., Fairweather, N.F., Isaacs, N.W.
(2001) J.Biol.Chem. 276: 32274-32281
- PubMed: 11418600
- DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M103285200
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:  1FV2
- PubMed Abstract:
- Structure of the receptor binding fragment Hc of tetanus neurotoxin
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- The Structures of the HC Fragment of Tetanus Toxin with Carbohydrate Subunit Complexes Provide Insight into Ganglioside Binding
Emsley, P.,Fotinou, C.,Black, I.,Fairweather, N.F.,Charles, I.G.,Watts, C.,Hewitt, E.,Isaacs, N.W.
(2000) J.Biol.Chem. 275: 8889
Tetanus toxin, a member of the family of Clostridial neurotoxins, is one of the most potent toxins known. The crystal structure of the complex of the COOH-terminal fragment of the heavy chain with an analogue of its ganglioside receptor, GT1b, provid ...
Tetanus toxin, a member of the family of Clostridial neurotoxins, is one of the most potent toxins known. The crystal structure of the complex of the COOH-terminal fragment of the heavy chain with an analogue of its ganglioside receptor, GT1b, provides the first direct identification and characterization of the ganglioside-binding sites. The ganglioside induces cross-linking by binding to two distinct sites on the Hc molecule. The structure sheds new light on the binding of Clostridial neurotoxins to receptors on neuronal cells and provides important information relevant to the design of anti-tetanus and anti-botulism therapeutic agents.
Department of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland, United Kingdom.