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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1994 Aug 15;202(3):1431-7.

Isolation of a human kappa opioid receptor cDNA from placenta.

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Ohmeda PPD, Murray Hill, NJ 07974.


By using a mouse delta opioid receptor cDNA as a probe, a kappa opioid receptor gene was isolated from a human genomic library. Reverse transcriptase/PCR was subsequently used to isolate the corresponding cDNA from human placenta mRNA. Characterization of the cloned receptor with a kappa agonist in transfected COS-7 cells, revealed a Kd of 0.67 nM, which is similar to rodent kappa 1 receptors. In competition binding experiments, non-kappa agonists had kis > 1000nM. Furthermore, when expressed in COS-7 cells, the kappa receptor is negatively linked to cAMP. A Northern blot showed the presence of two transcripts, 6 and 7 kB in size, in both placenta and brain mRNA, which hybridized to the kappa cDNA.

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