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Biol Signals Recept. 1998 Jul-Aug;7(4):244-8.

An updated phylogenetic analysis of vertebrate melatonin receptor sequences: reflection on the melatonin receptor nomenclature by the Nomenclature Subcommittee of the International Union of Pharmacology.

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Department of Physiology, University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong, China.


In the past few years, significant progress on melatonin receptor research has led to the discovery of a family of genetically related but pharmacologically distinctive G-protein-coupled receptors in the vertebrates. With increasing number of receptor clones being identified, there is a need for a system of classification and nomenclature for these receptor subtypes. Recently, an updated nomenclature system, which has renamed the existing mammalian melatonin receptor clones, has been proposed by the relevant subcommittee of the International Union of Pharmacology (NC-IUPHAR). However, the majority of receptor clones which have been identified in non-mammalian vertebrates are not clearly defined by this system. By performing phylogenetic analysis of both mammalian and non-mammalian melatonin receptor clones, we would like to propose a classification-nomenclature system for vertebrate melatonin receptors. Hopefully, our system, which incorporates genetic data as well as the pharmacological criteria that have been adopted by the NC-IUPHAR nomenclature system, will provide the framework for future development of a unified scheme of classification and nomenclature for melatonin receptors.

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