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Understanding structure and activation of GLP-1R

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posted on 01.03.2021, 06:57 authored by XIN ZHANG
In this thesis, single particle cryo-electron microscopy was used to determine molecular details of the structure and dynamic motion of a major diabetes and obesity therapeutic target, the GLP-1 receptor. Studying structures of the receptor bound to both clinically approved and tool activators with distinct properties, the work provided critical insight into how current drugs work. This thesis work will be instrumental in development of the next generation of drugs targeting the GLP-1 receptor.


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Principal supervisor

Patrick Sexton

Additional supervisor 1

Denise Wootten

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Department, School or Centre

Drug Discovery Biology


Doctor of Philosophy

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