Structure-based characterization of novel TRPV5 inhibitors

Elife. 2019 Oct 25;8:e49572. doi: 10.7554/eLife.49572.


Transient receptor potential vanilloid 5 (TRPV5) is a highly calcium selective ion channel that acts as the rate-limiting step of calcium reabsorption in the kidney. The lack of potent, specific modulators of TRPV5 has limited the ability to probe the contribution of TRPV5 in disease phenotypes such as hypercalcemia and nephrolithiasis. Here, we performed structure-based virtual screening (SBVS) at a previously identified TRPV5 inhibitor binding site coupled with electrophysiology screening and identified three novel inhibitors of TRPV5, one of which exhibits high affinity, and specificity for TRPV5 over other TRP channels, including its close homologue TRPV6. Cryo-electron microscopy of TRPV5 in the presence of the specific inhibitor and its parent compound revealed novel binding sites for this channel. Structural and functional analysis have allowed us to suggest a mechanism of action for the selective inhibition of TRPV5 and lay the groundwork for rational design of new classes of TRPV5 modulators.

Keywords: Cryo-EM; S. cerevisiae; TRP channel; TRPV5; inhibitors; ion channal; molecular biophysics; structural biology; structure-based virtual screening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Binding Sites
  • Cryoelectron Microscopy
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / chemical synthesis*
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Molecular Docking Simulation
  • Protein Conformation
  • TRPV Cation Channels / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • TRPV Cation Channels / chemistry*


  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • TRPV Cation Channels
  • TRPV5 protein, human

Associated data

  • PDB/6PBF
  • PDB/6PBE