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Agonist-induced activation of the δ-opioid receptor (δOR) was recently shown to augment β- and γ-secretase activities, which increased the production of β-amyloid peptide (Aβ), known to accumulate in the brain tissues of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. Previously, the δOR variant with a phenylalanine at position 27 (δOR-Phe27) exhibited more efficient(More)
Topoisomerase IIbeta-binding protein (TopBP1), a human protein with eight BRCT domains, is similar to Saccharomyces cerevisiae Dpb11 and Schizosaccharomyces pombe Cut5 checkpoint proteins and closely related to Drosophila Mus101. We show that human TopBP1 is required for DNA replication and that it interacts with DNA polymerase epsilon. In S phase TopBP1(More)
Increasing evidence suggests that the folding and maturation of monomeric proteins and assembly of multimeric protein complexes in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) may be inefficient not only for mutants that carry changes in the primary structure but also for wild type proteins. In the present study, we demonstrate that the rat luteinizing hormone receptor,(More)
In order to shed light on the role of mammalian DNA polymerase epsilon we studied the expression of mRNA for the human enzyme during cell proliferation and during the cell cycle. Steady-state levels of mRNA encoding DNA polymerase epsilon were elevated dramatically when quiescent (G0) cells were stimulated to proliferate (G1/S) in a similar manner to those(More)
The human delta opioid receptor (hdeltaOR) is a G-protein-coupled receptor that is mainly involved in the modulation of pain and mood. Only one nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (T80G) has been described, causing Phe27Cys substitution in the receptor N-terminus and showing association with substance dependence. In this study, we expressed the two(More)
The luteinizing hormone receptor (LHR) is a G protein-coupled receptor that is expressed in multiple RNA messenger forms. The common rat ectodomain splice variant is expressed concomitantly with the full-length LHR in tissues and is a truncated transcript corresponding to the partial ectodomain with a unique C-terminal end. Here we demonstrate that the(More)
Protein palmitoylation is a reversible lipid modification that plays important roles for many proteins involved in signal transduction, but relatively little is known about the regulation of this modification and the cellular location where it occurs. We demonstrate that the human delta opioid receptor is palmitoylated at two distinct cellular locations in(More)
A quarter of the human population with European background carries at least one allele of the OPRD1 gene that encodes the delta opioid receptor with cysteine at the amino acid position 27 (hδOR(Cys27)) instead of the evolutionary conserved phenylalanine (hδOR(Phe27)). The two variants have indistinguishable pharmacological properties but, importantly,(More)
Accumulating evidence has indicated that membrane-permeable G protein-coupled receptor ligands can enhance cell surface targeting of their cognate wild-type and mutant receptors. This pharmacological chaperoning was thought to result from ligand-mediated stabilization of immature receptors in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). In the present study, we directly(More)
The beta(1)-adrenergic receptor (beta(1)AR) is the predominant betaAR in the heart, mediating the catecholamine-stimulated increase in cardiac rate and force of contraction. Regulation of this important G protein-coupled receptor is nevertheless poorly understood. We describe here the biosynthetic profile of the human beta(1)AR and reveal novel features(More)