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Biochemistry. 1994 Apr 12;33(14):4283-90.

Selective activation of inhibitory G-protein alpha-subunits by partial agonists of the human 5-HT1A receptor.

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Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29425.

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  • Biochemistry 1994 Sep 20;33(37):11404.


Plasma membranes from Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells transfected with the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor have been incubated with full or partial receptor agonists and the photoreactive GTP analog, 4-azidoanilido-[alpha-32P]-GTP ([32P]-AA-GTP), to characterize the resulting receptor-G-protein interactions. Subsequent solubilization and immunoprecipitation of the membranes with anti-G(i)alpha-2 or anti-G(i)alpha-3 immunoglobulins revealed that full and partial agonists produce concentration-dependent labeling of the respective G-proteins with [32P]-AA-GTP. Full agonists of the 5-HT1A receptor [serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetraline (8-OH-DPAT)] produced a 7-12-fold increase in the labeling of G(i)alpha-2 and G(i)alpha-3, whereas partial agonists (rauwolscine and ipsapirone) produced a smaller incorporation (2-5-fold) of [32P]-AA-GTP by the same G-proteins. The concentration of agonist producing half-maximal binding of [32P]-AA-GTP by G(i)alpha-3 [5-HT, 48 +/- 1 nM; 8-OH-DPAT, 28 +/- 1 nM; ipsapirone, 22 +/- 6 nM] compared to G(i)alpha-2 [5-HT, 124 +/- 38 nM; 8-OH-DPAT, 40 +/- 1 nM, ipsapirone, 82 +/- 7 nM] was lower with all agonists except rauwolscine, where the EC50's were similar (G(i)alpha-2, 604 +/- 145 nM; Gi alpha-3, 708 +/- 130 nM).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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