Crystal structure of Human Phosphodiesterase 5 complexed with tadalafil(Cialis)

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.83 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.374 
  • R-Value Work: 0.263 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.263 

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Structure of the catalytic domain of human phosphodiesterase 5 with bound drug molecules

Sung, B.-J.Hwang, K.Y.Jeon, Y.H.Lee, J.I.Heo, Y.-S.Kim, J.H.Moon, J.Yoon, J.M.Hyun, Y.-L.Kim, E.Eum, S.J.Park, S.-Y.Lee, J.-O.Lee, T.G.Ro, S.Cho, J.M.

(2003) Nature 425: 98-102

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/nature01914
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    1UDT, 1UDU, 1UHO

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Phosphodiesterases (PDEs) are a superfamily of enzymes that degrade the intracellular second messengers cyclic AMP and cyclic GMP. As essential regulators of cyclic nucleotide signalling with diverse physiological functions, PDEs are drug targets for the treatment of various diseases, including heart failure, depression, asthma, inflammation and erectile dysfunction. Of the 12 PDE gene families, cGMP-specific PDE5 carries out the principal cGMP-hydrolysing activity in human corpus cavernosum tissue. It is well known as the target of sildenafil citrate (Viagra) and other similar drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Despite the pressing need to develop selective PDE inhibitors as therapeutic drugs, only the cAMP-specific PDE4 structures are currently available. Here we present the three-dimensional structures of the catalytic domain (residues 537-860) of human PDE5 complexed with the three drug molecules sildenafil, tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra). These structures will provide opportunities to design potent and selective PDE inhibitors with improved pharmacological profiles.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Division of Drug Discovery, CrystalGenomics, Inc., Daedeok Biocommunity, Jeonmin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-390, South Korea.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
cGMP-specific 3',5'-cyclic phosphodiesterase
A, B
324Homo sapiensMutation(s): 0 
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Find proteins for O76074 (Homo sapiens)
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Go to UniProtKB:  O76074
PHAROS:  O76074
GTEx:  ENSG00000138735 
Entity Groups  
Sequence Clusters30% Identity50% Identity70% Identity90% Identity95% Identity100% Identity
UniProt GroupO76074
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Binding Affinity Annotations 
IDSourceBinding Affinity
CIA BindingDB:  1UDU Ki: min: 5, max: 10 (nM) from 3 assay(s)
IC50: min: 1.2, max: 12 (nM) from 13 assay(s)
EC50: 78 (nM) from 1 assay(s)
PDBBind:  1UDU Kd: 0.9 (nM) from 1 assay(s)
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.83 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.374 
  • R-Value Work: 0.263 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.263 
  • Space Group: C 1 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 131.352α = 90
b = 48.561β = 117.28
c = 123.863γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling

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Entry History 

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2004-05-11
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-04-27
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.3: 2023-12-27
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Structure summary