May 2, 2008

Characterization of functional roles of DRY motif in the 2nd intracellular loop of dopamine D2 and D3 receptors

Archives of Pharmacal Research
Ju-Heon KimKyeong-Man Kim


Dopamine D(2)R and D(3)R (D(2)R, D(3)R) show very high sequence homology and employ virtually identical signaling pathways even though D(2)R is 2 approximately 5 times more active. Among the structural motifs identified, a triplet sequence, Asp-Arg-Tyr (DRY motif), plays critical roles in the determination of receptor conformations for signaling and intracellular trafficking of G protein-coupled receptors by forming intramolecular interactions. Thus, it is possible that different signaling efficiencies of D(2)R and D(3)R might be caused by the receptor activation levels stabilized by their own DRY motifs. In this study, the Arg and Asp residues of D(2)R and D(3)R were mutated, and resulting changes in their signaling and intracellular trafficking properties were comparatively studied. Mutation of the Arg residues of D(2)R and D(3)R abolished their signaling but differently affected their intracellular localizations. The wildtype and R132H-D(2)R were expressed mainly on the plasma membrane. On the other hand, compared with the wildtype D(3)R, a substantial amount of R128H-D(3)R was localized intracellularly. The expression of receptor proteins on the plasma membrane and their signaling efficiencies were more drastically affected...Continue Reading

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