Maricel Gómez-Soler

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A single serine point mutation (S374A) in the adenosine A(2A) receptor (A(2A)R) C-terminal tail reduces A(2A)R-D(2)R heteromerization and prevents its allosteric modulation of the dopamine D(2) receptor (D(2)R). By means of site directed mutagenesis of the A(2A)R and synthetic transmembrane (TM) α-helix peptides of the D(2)R we further explored the role of(More)
While the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) oligomerization has been questioned during the last fifteen years, the existence of a multi-receptor complex involving direct receptor-receptor interactions, called receptor oligomers, begins to be widely accepted. Eventually, it has been postulated that oligomers constitute a distinct functional form of the GPCRs(More)
Voltage sensitivity has been demonstrated for some GPCRs. At the dopamine D(2S) receptor, this voltage sensitivity is agonist-specific; some agonists, including dopamine, exhibit decreased potency at depolarized potentials, whereas others are not significantly affected. In the present study, we examined some of the receptor-agonist interactions contributing(More)
Caffeine, the most consumed psychoactive substance worldwide, may have beneficial effects on Parkinson's disease (PD) therapy. The mechanism by which caffeine contributes to its antiparkinsonian effects by acting as either an adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) neutral antagonist or an inverse agonist is unresolved. Here we show that caffeine is an A2AR inverse(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a dopaminergic-related pathology in which functioning of the basal ganglia is altered. It has been postulated that a direct receptor-receptor interaction - i.e. of dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) with adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) (forming D2R-A2AR oligomers) - finely regulates this brain area. Accordingly, elucidating whether the(More)
The molecular interaction between adenosine A2A and dopamine D2 receptors (A2ARs and D2Rs, respectively) within an oligomeric complex has been postulated to play a pivotal role in the adenosine-dopamine interplay in the central nervous system, in both normal and pathological conditions (e.g. Parkinson's disease). While the effects of A2AR challenge on D2R(More)
In the CNS, an antagonistic interaction has been shown between adenosine A(2A) and dopamine D(2) receptors (A(2A)Rs and D(2)Rs) that may be relevant both in normal and pathological conditions (i.e., Parkinson's disease). Thus, the molecular determinants mediating this receptor-receptor interaction have recently been explored, as the fine tuning of this(More)
Group I metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors regulate hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neuron excitability via Ca(2+) wave-dependent activation of small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK) channels. Here, we show that mGlu5 receptors and SK2 channels coassemble in heterologous coexpression systems and in rat brain. Further, in cotransfected cells or rat(More)
Membrane levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (ω-3 PUFA), are decreased in common neuropsychiatric disorders. DHA modulates key cell membrane properties like fluidity, thereby affecting the behaviour of transmembrane proteins like G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). These receptors, which have special(More)
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent the main family of cell surface receptors and are virtually expressed in all eukaryotic cells. Interestingly, a large number of clinically used drugs exert their pharmacological effect via a GPCR, thus it seems crucial to deeply understand the biology of these receptors. The study of GPCR activation and(More)