Agnieszka Polit

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In the present study, detailed information is presented on the hetero-dimerization of the serotonin 5-HT(2A) receptor and the dopamine D(2) receptor. Biophysical approaches (fluorescence spectroscopy as well as fluorescence lifetime microscopy) were used to determine the degree of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between cyan and yellow(More)
The concept that G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) function as oligomers has been widely accepted, however, different methodologies often used to study the phenomenon of GPCR interactions do not allow, as yet, for any generalization as to whether di- or oligomers are formed constitutively or are ligand-promoted. Here, we report on the use of three(More)
Evidence for hetero-oligomerization has recently been provided for various G protein-coupled receptors. In this paper, we have studied the possibility that dopamine D(1) and D(2) receptors physically interact with each other. Human dopamine D(1) and D(2) receptors were fluorescently tagged with derivatives of green fluorescence protein and transiently(More)
We investigated the influence of an epitope from the third intracellular loop (ic3) of the dopamine D(2) receptor, which contains adjacent arginine residues (217RRRRKR222), and an acidic epitope from the C-terminus of the dopamine D(1) receptor (404EE405) on the receptors' localization and their interaction. We studied receptor dimer formation using(More)
HtrA2(Omi), belonging to the high-temperature requirement A (HtrA) family of stress proteins, is involved in the maintenance of mitochondrial homeostasis and in the stimulation of apoptosis, as well as in cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. The protein comprises a serine protease domain and a postsynaptic density of 95 kDa, disk large, and zonula(More)
Within the coding region of the dopamine D(1) receptor (D(1)R), two synonymous polymorphisms, D(1)R(G198A) and D(1)R(G1263), have been identified and postulated to correlate with the schizophrenia phenotype. Binding studies revealed that the density of these genetic variants was much lower than the density of wild type D(1)R in the human embryonic kidney(More)
Neuroleptic drugs are widely applied in effective treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders. The lipophilic character of neuroleptics means that they tend to accumulate in the lipid membranes, impacting their functioning and processing. In this paper, the effect of four drugs, namely, thioridazine, olanzapine, sulpiride, and amisulpride, on neutral(More)
The G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), one of the largest protein families, are essential components of the most commonly used signal-transduction systems in cells. These receptors, often using common pathways, may cooperate in the regulation of signal transmission to the cell nucleus. Recent scientific interests increasingly focus on the cooperation(More)
Functional recombinant bovine β-lactoglobulin has been produced by expression in E. coli using an engineered protein gene and purified to homogeneity by applying a new protocol. Mutations L1A/I2S introduced into the protein sequence greatly facilitate in vivo cleavage of the N-terminal methionine, allowing correctly folded and soluble protein suitable for(More)
Bacterial HtrAs are proteases engaged in extracytoplasmic activities during stressful conditions and pathogenesis. A model prokaryotic HtrA (HtrA/DegP from Escherichia coli) requires activation to cleave its substrates efficiently. In the inactive state of the enzyme, one of the regulatory loops, termed LA, forms inhibitory contacts in the area of the(More)
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