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Biochemistry. 2005 Apr 19;44(15):5749-54.

The N-terminal extracellular domain 23-60 of the calcitonin receptor-like receptor in chimeras with the parathyroid hormone receptor mediates association with receptor activity-modifying protein 1.

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Research Laboratory for Calcium Metabolism, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Zurich, Balgrist University Hospital, Forchstrasse 340, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland.


The calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CLR) requires the associated receptor activity-modifying protein (RAMP)1 to reveal a calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor. Here, the subdomain of the CLR that associates with RAMP1 has been identified in chimeras between the CLR and the parathyroid hormone (PTH) receptor 1 (PTHR). The PTHR alone does not interact with RAMP1. RAMP1 requires the CLR for its transport to the cell surface. Thus, receptor-dependent RAMP1 delivery to the plasma membrane and coimmunoprecipitation from the cell surface were used as measures for receptor/RAMP1 interaction. Several chimeric CLR-PTHR included the N-terminal amino acids 23-60 of the CLR transported RAMP1 to the surface of COS-7 cells much like the intact CLR. Moreover, RAMP1 coimmunoprecipitated with these receptors from the cell surface. A CLR deletion mutant, consisting of the N-terminal extracellular domain, the first transmembrane domain, and the C-terminal intracellular region, revealed the same results. Cyclic AMP was stimulated by CGRP in CLR/RAMP1 expressing cells (58 +/- 19-fold, EC(50) = 0.12 +/- 0.03 nM) and by PTH-related protein in cells expressing the PTHR (50 +/- 10-fold, EC(50) = 0.25 +/- 0.03 nM) or a PTHR with the N-terminal amino acids 23-60 of the CLR (23 +/- 5-fold, EC(50) > 1000 nM). Other chimeric CLR-PTHR were inactive. In conclusion, structural elements in the extreme N-terminus of the CLR between amino acids 23-60 are required and sufficient for CLR/RAMP1 cotransport to the plasma membrane and heterodimerization.

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