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FEBS Lett. 2001 Oct 19;507(1):109-13.

Agonist-independent and -dependent oligomerization of dopamine D(2) receptors by fusion to fluorescent proteins.

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Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Centre de Recherche Pierre Fabre, 17 avenue Jean Moulin, 81106 Cedex, Castres, France. thierry.wurch@pierre-fabre.com

Abstract

Oligomerization of the short (D(2S)) and long (D(2L)) isoforms of the dopamine D(2) receptor was explored in transfected Cos-7 cells by their C-terminal fusion to either an enhanced cyan or enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (ECFP or EYFP) and the fluorescent fusion protein interaction was monitored by a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) assay. The pharmacological properties of the fluorescent fusion proteins, as measured by both displacement of [(3)H]nemonapride binding and agonist-mediated stimulation of [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding upon co-expression with a G(alphao)Cys(351)Ile protein, were not different from the respective wild-type D(2S) and D(2L) receptors. Co-expression of D2S:ECFP+D2S:EYFP in a 1:1 ratio and D2L:ECFP+D2L:EYFP in a 27:1 ratio resulted, respectively, in an increase of 26% and 16% in the EYFP-specific fluorescent signal. These data are consistent with a close proximity of both D(2S) and D(2L) receptor pairs of fluorescent fusion proteins in the absence of ligand. The agonist-independent D(2S) receptor oligomerization could be attenuated by co-expression with either a wild-type, non-fluorescent D(2S) or D(2L) receptor subtype, but not with a distinct beta(2)-adrenoceptor. Incubation with the agonist (-)-norpropylapomorphine dose-dependently (EC(50): 0.23+/-0.06 nM) increased the FRET signal for the co-expression of D2S:ECFP and D2S:EYFP, in support of agonist-dependent D(2S) receptor oligomerization. In conclusion, our data strongly suggest the occurrence of dopamine D(2) receptor oligomers in intact Cos-7 cells.

PMID:
11682068
DOI:
10.1016/s0014-5793(01)02969-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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