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Nat Neurosci. 2000 Apr;3(4):315-22.

Mutation of a glutamate receptor motif reveals its role in gating and delta2 receptor channel properties.

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Department of Developmental Neurobiology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, USA.

Abstract

Despite its importance in the cerebellum, the functions of the orphan glutamate receptor delta2 are unknown. We examined a mutant delta2 receptor channel in lurcher mice that was constitutively active in the absence of ligand. Because this mutation was within a highly conserved motif (YTANLAAF), we tested its effect on several glutamate receptors. Mutant delta2 receptors showed distinct channel properties, including double rectification of the current-voltage relationship, sensitivity to a polyamine antagonist and moderate Ca 2+ permeability, whereas other constitutively active mutant glutamate channels resembled wild-type channels in these respects. Moreover, the kinetics of ligand-activated currents were strikingly altered. We conclude that the delta2 receptor has a functional ion channel pore similar to that of glutamate receptors. The motif may have a role in the channel gating of glutamate receptors.

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10725919
DOI:
10.1038/73877
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