Functional characterisation of a 5-HT2 receptor cDNA cloned from Lymnaea stagnalis

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Journal Article


Eur J Pharmacol, Volume 311, Number 2-3, p.249-258 (1996)

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agonists; Amino Acid Sequence; Animals; Base Sequence; Binding; Competitive; Cells; Cultured; chemistry; Cloning; Molecular; Dna; DNA; Complementary; Gene Expression; genetics; GTP-Binding Proteins; Lymnaea; metabolism; Molecular Sequence Data; Mollusca; Prot


A G-protein-coupled receptor (5-HT2Lym) resembling members of the 5-HT2 receptor subfamily was cloned from the mollusc Lymnaea stagnalis. Serotonin induces a concentration-dependent increase in intracellular inositol phospates in HEK293 cells expressing this receptor (EC50 = 114 nM). 5-HT2Lym differs from mammalian 5-HT2 receptors by the presence of a large amino-terminal region. This large domain appears to preclude an adequate level of expression of 5-HT2Lym in HEK293. Therefore, we constructed a cDNA encoding an amino-terminally truncated receptor (delta N-5-HT2Lym) that appeared to be much better expressed in HEK293 cells. delta N-5-HT2Lym-expressing cells exhibit a serotonin-induced stimulation of phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate hydrolysis (EC50 = 11.4 nM) and a high-affinity binding of the 5-HT2-selective antagonist [3H]mesulergine (Kd = 4 nM). Inhibition of this binding by several 5-HT2 antagonists and agonists revealed a pharmacological profile most closely resembling those of 5HT2Dro, 5-HT2B and 5-HT2C