In silico interaction analysis of cannabinoid receptor interacting protein 1b (CRIP1b) - CB1 cannabinoid receptor

J Mol Graph Model. 2017 Oct:77:311-321. doi: 10.1016/j.jmgm.2017.09.006. Epub 2017 Sep 6.


Cannabinoid Receptor Interacting Protein isoform 1b (CRIP1b) is known to interact with the CB1 receptor. Alternative splicing of the CNRIP1 gene produces CRIP1a and CRIP1b with a difference in the third exon only. Exons 1 and 2 encode for a functional domain in both proteins. CRIP1a is involved in regulating CB1 receptor internalization, but the function of CRIP1b is not very well characterized. Since there are significant identities in functional domains of these proteins, CRIP1b is a potential target for drug discovery. We report here predicted structure of CRIP1b followed by its interaction analysis with CB1 receptor by in-silico methods A number of complementary computational techniques, including, homology modeling, ab-initio and protein threading, were applied to generate three-dimensional molecular models for CRIP1b. The computed model of CRIP1b was refined, followed by docking with C terminus of CB1 receptor to generate a model for the CRIP1b- CB1 receptor interaction. The structure of CRIP1b obtained by homology modelling using RHO_GDI-2 as template is a sandwich fold structure having beta sheets connected by loops, similar to predicted CRIP1a structure. The best scoring refined model of CRIP1b in complex with the CB1 receptor C terminus peptide showed favourable polar interactions. The overall binding pocket of CRIP1b was found to be overlapping to that of CRIP1a. The Arg82 and Cys126 of CRIP1b are involved in the majority of hydrogen bond interactions with the CB1 receptor and are possible key residues required for interactions between the CB1 receptor and CRIP1b.

Keywords: CB(1) Receptor; CRIP1a; CRIP1b; Coupled receptor; G Protein; Molecular modeling.

MeSH terms

  • Binding Sites*
  • Carrier Proteins / chemistry*
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • Computer Simulation
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Bonding
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Models, Molecular
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Protein Interaction Maps
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1 / chemistry*
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1 / genetics


  • CNRIP1 protein, human
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1