Dynamics-derived insights into complex formation between the CXCL8 monomer and CXCR1 N-terminal domain: An NMR study

Prem Raj B. Joseph, Leo Spyracopoulos, Krishna Rajarathnam

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Interleukin-8 (CXCL8), a potent neutrophil-activating chemokine, exerts its function by activating the CXCR1 receptor that belongs to class A G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Receptor activation involves interactions between the CXCL8 N-terminal loop and CXCR1 N-terminal domain (N-domain) residues (Site-I) and between the CXCL8 N-terminal and CXCR1 extracellular/ transmembrane residues (Site-II). CXCL8 exists in equilibrium between monomers and dimers, and it is known that the monomer binds CXCR1 with much higher affinity and that Site-I interactions are largely responsible for the differences in monomer vs. dimer affinity. Here, using backbone 15N-relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data, we characterized the dynamic properties of the CXCL8 monomer and the CXCR1 N-domain in the free and bound states. The main chain of CXCL8 appears largely rigid on the picosecond time scale as evident from high order parameters (S2). However, on average, S2 are higher in the bound state. Interestingly, several residues show millisecond-microsecond (ms-µs) dynamics only in the bound state. The CXCR1 N-domain is unstructured in the free state but structured with significant dynamics in the bound state. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) data indicate that both enthalpic and entropic factors contribute to affinity, suggesting that increased slow dynamics in the bound state contribute to affinity. In sum, our data indicate a critical and complex role for dynamics in driving CXCL8 monomer-CXCR1 Site-I interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2825
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 31 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • CXCL8
  • CXCR1
  • Chemokine
  • Dynamics
  • G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)
  • Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC)
  • N-relaxation
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • Receptor interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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