Chris Ulens

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Structural principles of agonist and modulator recognition in a bacterial GABA-gated ion channel
ELIC is a bacterial pentameric ligand-gated ion channel, which is activated by GABA and allosterically modulated by benzodiazepines, with effects comparable to the human GABAA receptor. I will discuss recent insight into recognition of GABA and benzodiazepines, which we obtained from co-crystal structures of ELIC.