Structure and desensitization of AMPA receptor complexes with type II TARP γ5 and GSG1L

Oleg Klykov, Shanti Pal Gangwar, Maria V. Yelshanskaya, Laura Yen, Alexander I. Sobolevsky

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AMPA receptors (AMPARs) mediate the majority of excitatory neurotransmission. Their surface expression, trafficking, gating, and pharmacology are regulated by auxiliary subunits. Of the two types of TARP auxiliary subunits, type I TARPs assume activating roles, while type II TARPs serve suppressive functions. We present cryo-EM structures of GluA2 AMPAR in complex with type II TARP γ5, which reduces steady-state currents, increases single-channel conductance, and slows recovery from desensitization. Regulation of AMPAR function depends on its ligand-binding domain (LBD) interaction with the γ5 head domain. GluA2-γ5 complex shows maximum stoichiometry of two TARPs per AMPAR tetramer, being different from type I TARPs but reminiscent of the auxiliary subunit GSG1L. Desensitization of both GluA2-GSG1L and GluA2-γ5 complexes is accompanied by rupture of LBD dimer interface, while GluA2-γ5 but not GluA2-GSG1L LBD dimers remain two-fold symmetric. Different structural architectures and desensitization mechanisms of complexes with auxiliary subunits endow AMPARs with broad functional capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4771-4783.e7
JournalMolecular Cell
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 2 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • AMPA receptor
  • GSG1L
  • TARP
  • cryo-EM
  • current kinetics
  • desensitization
  • gating
  • iGluR
  • symmetry
  • γ5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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