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Science. 1987 Oct 30;238(4827):650-6.

Cloning, sequencing, and expression of the gene coding for the human platelet alpha 2-adrenergic receptor.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710.


The gene for the human platelet alpha 2-adrenergic receptor has been cloned with oligonucleotides corresponding to the partial amino acid sequence of the purified receptor. The identity of this gene has been confirmed by the binding of alpha 2-adrenergic ligands to the cloned receptor expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. The deduced amino acid sequence is most similar to the recently cloned human beta 2- and beta 1-adrenergic receptors; however, similarities to the muscarinic cholinergic receptors are also evident. Two related genes have been identified by low stringency Southern blot analysis. These genes may represent additional alpha 2-adrenergic receptor subtypes.

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