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In the present paper we report the genomic organization of the human histamine H3-receptor gene, which consists of four exons spanning 5.5 kb on chromosome 20. Using PCR, six alternative splice variants of the H3 receptor were cloned from human thalamus. These variants were found to be coexpressed in human brain, but their relative distribution varied in a(More)
We have identified from human liver eight alpha(1A)-adrenoceptor (alpha(1A)-AR) splice variants that were also expressed in human heart, prostate and hippocampus. Three of these alpha(1A)-AR isoforms (alpha(1A-1)-AR, alpha(1A-2a)-AR and alpha(1A-3a)-AR) gave rise to receptors with seven transmembrane domains (7TMalpha(1A)-AR). The other five(More)
Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) is a cyclic nonadecapeptide involved in the regulation of feeding behavior, which acts through a G protein-coupled receptor (SLC-1) inhibiting adenylcyclase activity. In this study, 57 analogues of MCH were investigated on the recently cloned human MCH receptor stably expressed in HEK293 cells, on both the inhibition of(More)
Using a genomics-based approach for screening orphan G-protein-coupled receptors, we have identified and cloned a novel high-affinity, melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) receptor. This receptor, named S643b, displays the greatest overall identity (32%) with the previously reported human SLC-1 receptor (MCH1) and to a lesser extent with the somatostatin(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Melatonin receptors have been extensively characterized regarding their affinity and pharmacology, mostly using 2-[(125)I]-melatonin as a radioligand. Although [(3)H]-melatonin has the advantage of corresponding to the endogenous ligand of the receptor, its binding has not been well described. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH We characterized(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE For many years, it was suspected that sheep expressed only one melatonin receptor (closely resembling MT(1) from other mammal species). Here we report the cloning of another melatonin receptor, MT(2), from sheep. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Using a thermo-resistant reverse transcriptase and polymerase chain reaction primer set homologous(More)
The development of cell-based assays for high-throughput screening (HTS) approaches often requires the generation of stable transformant cell lines. However, these cell lines are essentially created by random integration of a gene of interest (GOI) with no control over the level and stability of gene expression. The authors developed a targeted integration(More)
The main melatonin receptors are two G-protein coupled receptors named MT(1) and MT(2). Having described the molecular pharmacology of the human versions of these receptors, we turned to two of the three species most useful in studying melatonin physiology: rat and sheep (a diurnal species used to understand the relationship between circadian rhythm and(More)
Structure-activity relationships studies have established the minimal sequence of melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) that retains full agonist potency at the MCH(1), to be the dodecapeptide MCH(6-17). The alpha-amino function is not required for activity since arginine(6) can be replaced by p-guanidinobenzoyl, further improving activity. We report that the(More)