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Ca(2+) release by d-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (IP(3)Rs) is widely considered to require the vicinal 4,5-bisphosphate motif of IP(3), with P-5 and P-4 engaging the alpha and beta domains of the binding site; using synthesis and mutagenesis we show that the adenine of synthetic glyconucleotides, through an interaction with Arg504, can replace the interaction of either P-1 or P-5 with the alpha-domain producing, respectively, the most potent bisphosphate agonist yet synthesised and the first agonist of IP(3)R without a vicinal bisphosphate motif; this will stimulate new approaches to IP(3)R ligand design.

Original publication




Journal article


Chem Commun (Camb)

Publication Date



1204 - 1206


Calcium, Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate Receptors, Ligands, Models, Molecular, Molecular Structure, Phosphates