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Relationships among the G-protein-coupled receptors were evaluated using several distance matrices with the neighbor-joining method of Saitou and Nei (1987). The relationships generated vary depending upon alignment, length, or region of sequence compared, and the distance matrix used to score similarity. To provide a statistical level of confidence,(More)
Mutagenesis studies and comparisons of natural variants of rhodopsin and related visual pigments have led to new insights concerning photoreceptor function. The studies identify domains important for receptor folding, the residues that set the wavelength of absorption for the ligand 11-cis retinal, and residues, that when mutated, trigger the cell death of(More)
Rhodopsin is one of those rare macromolecules whose inherent chromophore, 11-cis retinaldehyde, allows one to naturally observe triggered macromolecular changes on the timescale of picoseconds to minutes. Investigations of these molecular processes have been carried out with laser monochromatic light under conditions where the photon flux used for(More)
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