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Several studies suggest, but do not prove directly, that muscarinic receptors may be able to form dimeric or oligomeric arrays. To address this issue in a more direct fashion, we designed a series of biochemical experiments using a modified version of the rat m3 muscarinic receptor (referred to as m3') as a model system. When membrane lysates prepared from(More)
Most G protein-coupled receptors contain a conserved pair of extracellular cysteine residues that are predicted to form a disulfide bond linking the first and second extracellular loops. Previous studies have shown that this disulfide bond may be critical for ligand binding, receptor activation, and/or proper receptor folding. However, the potential(More)
Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) strain H120 was successfully rescued as infectious clone by reverse genetics. Thirteen 1.5-2.8 kb fragments contiguously spanning the virus genome were amplified and cloned into pMD19-T. Transcription grade complete length cDNA was acquired by a modified "No See'm" ligation strategy, which employed restriction enzyme Bsa I(More)
To gain insight into the molecular architecture of the cytoplasmic surface of G protein-coupled receptors, we have developed a disulfide cross-linking strategy using the m3 muscarinic receptor as a model system. To facilitate the interpretation of disulfide cross-linking data, we initially generated a mutant m3 muscarinic receptor (referred to as(More)
The beta-thalassaemias represent a heterogenous group of diseases resulting from decreased erythroid beta-globin mRNA expression and imbalanced alpha/beta-globin chain synthesis which are manifest clinically by ineffective erythropoiesis and excessive haemolysis. Increasing levels of haemoglobin F (HbF) by pharmacological agents has been proposed to(More)
  • F Zeng, J Wess
  • Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of…
  • 2000
The five muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (M(1)-M(5)) are prototypical members of the superfamily of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). During the past decade, this laboratory has used different members of this receptor subfamily as model systems to study the molecular mechanisms involved in GPCR function. This article reviews recent investigations(More)
Hb Q-Thailand [alpha 74(EF3)Asp-->His] is often found in Thailand, China, and other Southeast Asian countries. The alpha-Q-Thailand gene is strongly linked to an alpha gene deletion and has important implications in the identification and diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies and thalassemias. The alpha-Q-Thailand mutation was previously mapped to the alpha 1(More)
We describe a new point mutation in the SRY gene of a Chinese XY female with gonadal dysgenesis (Swyer syndrome). Using the double stranded DNA cycle sequencing method, a single nucleotide substitution of G-->A was identified at codon 113 of the patient's SRY gene, resulting in a conservative amino acid change from alanine (A) to threonine (T) at a residue(More)
The structural basis underlying the G protein coupling selectivity of different muscarinic receptor subtypes was analyzed by using a combined molecular genetic/biochemical approach. These studies led to the identification of key residues on the receptors as well as the associated G proteins that are critically involved in determining proper receptor/G(More)