Michael K Sievert

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Methcathinone and methylone, the beta-ketone analogues of methamphetamine and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), respectively, were tested for neurotransmitter uptake inhibition in vitro. The beta-ketones were threefold less potent than the nonketo drugs at inhibiting platelet serotonin accumulation, with IC(50)'s of 34.6+/-4.8 microM and 5.8+/-0.7(More)
The cocaine photoaffinity label 3-iodo-4-azidococaine ([125I]IACoc) binds to the sigma-1 receptor with an affinity that is 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than the parent compound cocaine [Kahoun, J. R., and Ruoho, A. E. (1992) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 89, 1393-1397]. In the present study, the binding properties of several cocaine derivatives to the(More)
The full-length cDNA for the rat synaptic-vesicle monoamine transporter (VMAT2) containing a C-terminal polyhistidine epitope has been engineered into baculovirus DNA for expression in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) insect cells. Using this recombinant baculovirus and cultured Sf9 cells, rVMAT2 has been expressed at levels of 7.8x10(6) transporters per cell,(More)
The mechanisms by which G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) activate G-proteins are not well understood due to the lack of atomic structures of GPCRs in an active form or in GPCR/G-protein complexes. For study of GPCR/G-protein interactions, we have generated a series of chimeras by replacing the third cytoplasmic loop of a scaffold protein(More)
Affinities of dopamine (DA) analogs to both granular and plasma membrane uptake transporters were measured in vitro by inhibition of [3H]DA uptake in bovine chromaffin granule ghosts and C6 glial cells transfected with cDNA for the rat presynaptic dopamine transporter, respectively. Five amines were studied: DA, 6-fluorodopamine (6FDA), m-tyramine (MTA),(More)
The vesicle monoamine transporter (VMAT2) concentrates monoamine neurotransmitter into synaptic vesicles. To obtain structural information regarding this large membrane protein by analysis of disulfide bonds and other intramolecular cross-links, we engineered a strategic thrombin cleavage site into deglycosylated, HA-tagged human VMAT2. Insertion of this(More)
The full-length cDNA for the rat recombinant synaptic vesicle monoamine transporter (rVMAT2) containing a COOH-terminal polyhistidine epitope was engineered into baculovirus DNA for expression in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) cells. Using this recombinant baculovirus and cultured Sf9 cells, rVMAT2 has been expressed to high levels and purified to >95%(More)
The unique feature of rod photoreceptor cGMP phosphodiesterase (PDE6) is the presence of inhibitory subunits (Pgamma), which interact with the catalytic heterodimer (Palphabeta) to regulate its activity. This uniqueness results in an extremely high sensitivity and sophisticated modulations of rod visual signaling where the Pgamma/Palphabeta interactions(More)
Monoamines, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, are sequestered into synaptic vesicles by specific transporters (vesicular monoamine transporter-2; VMAT2) using energy from an electrochemical proton gradient across the vesicle membranes. Based on our previous studies using photoaffinity-labeling techniques in characterizing the VMAT2-specific(More)