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Pharmacol Res. 2008 Apr;57(4):303-11. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2008.02.008. Epub 2008 Mar 8.

Translocation of arrestin induced by human A(3) adenosine receptor ligands in an engineered cell line: comparison with G protein-dependent pathways.

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Molecular Recognition Section, Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Building 8A, Room B1A-19, Bethesda, MD, USA.


Structurally diverse ligands were studied in A(3) adenosine receptor (AR)-mediated beta-arrestin translocation in engineered CHO cells. The agonist potency and efficacy were similar, although not identical, to their G protein signaling. However, differences have also been found. MRS542, MRS1760, and other adenosine derivatives, A(3)AR antagonists in cyclic AMP assays, were partial agonists in beta-arrestin translocation, indicating possible biased agonism. The xanthine 7-riboside DBXRM, a full agonist, was only partially efficacious in beta-arrestin translocation. DBXRM was shown to induce a lesser extent of desensitization compared with IB-MECA. In kinetic studies, MRS3558, a potent and selective A(3)AR agonist, induced beta-arrestin translocation significantly faster than IB-MECA and Cl-IB-MECA. Non-nucleoside antagonists showed similar inhibitory potencies as previously reported. PTX pretreatment completely abolished ERK1/2 activation, but not arrestin translocation. Thus, lead candidates for biased agonists at the A(3)AR have been identified with this arrestin-translocation assay, which promises to be an effective tool for ligand screening.

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