Life Sciences

Principal Investigator: Marco Cecchini , ISIS, University of Strasbourg (France)

HPC Platform used: SuperMUC of LRZ

Local Project ID: pr89te

Ligand-gated ion channels (LGIC) play a central role in intercellular communication in the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as in non neuronal cells. Understanding their function at an atomic level of detail will be beneficial for the development of drug therapies against a range of diseases including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, pain, and depression. By capitalizing on the increasing availability of high-resolution structures of both pentameric and trimeric LGICs we aim at elucidating the molecular mechanism underlying activation/deactivation by atomistic Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, which is essential to rationalize the design of potent allosteric modulators.