Terence E. Hébert

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One of the assumptions of the mobile receptor hypothesis as it relates to G protein-coupled receptors is that the stoichiometry of receptor, G protein, and effector is 1:1:1 (Bourne, H. R., Sanders, D. A., and McCormick, F.(1990) Nature 348, 125-132). Many studies on the cooperativity of agonist binding are incompatible with this notion and have suggested(More)
Dopamine-modulated behaviors, including information processing and reward, are subject to behavioral plasticity. Disruption of these behaviors is thought to support drug addictions and psychoses. The plasticity of dopamine-mediated behaviors, for example, habituation and sensitization, are not well understood at the molecular level. We show that in the(More)
G protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent the largest family of proteins involved in signal transduction. Here we present a bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) assay that directly monitors in real time the early interactions between human GPCRs and their cognate G-protein subunits in living human cells. In addition to detecting basal(More)
Agonist-independent properties of the human beta 2-adrenergic receptor (beta 2AR) were studied using the baculovirus expression system in Sf9 cells. In the absence of agonist but in the presence of GTP, membranes from cells expressing the beta 2AR exhibited higher levels of cAMP production than did membranes from uninfected cells or from cells infected with(More)
Although it has been suggested that coexpression of minK related peptide (MiRP1) is required for reconstitution of native rapid delayed-rectifier current (I(Kr)) by human ether-a-go-go related gene (HERG), currents resulting from HERG (I(HERG)) and HERG plus MiRP1 expression have not been directly compared with native I(Kr). We compared the pharmacological(More)
A variety of lipid microdomains, including caveolae, have been shown to play an important role in both protein targetting and in controlling protein-protein interactions. There is increasing evidence for significant ion channel localization in lipid rafts. Cardiac channel subunits known to localize in lipid rafts include Kv1.4, Kv1.5, Kv2.1, Kv4, Kir2,(More)
Cardiomyocytes from the pulmonary vein sleeves (PVs) are known to play an important role in atrial fibrillation. PVs have been shown to exhibit time-dependent hyperpolarization-induced inward currents of uncertain nature. We observed a time-dependent K(+) current upon hyperpolarization of PV and left atrial (LA) cardiomyocytes (I(KH)) and characterized its(More)
The effects of riluzole, a novel neuroprotective drug with anticonvulsant and anti-ischemic properties, were studied on currents carried by cloned rat brain IIA sodium channel alpha subunits expressed in Xenopus oocytes. (i) When the oocytes were held at strongly hyperpolarized potentials to close the sodium channels and riluzole was added to the external(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent the single largest family of cell surface receptors involved in signal transduction. It is estimated that several hundred distinct members of this receptor family in humans direct responses to a wide variety of chemical transmitters, including biogenic amines, amino acids, peptides, lipids, nucleosides, and(More)
gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the principal inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian brain. It acts via both ionotropic GABA-A and metabotropic GABA-B receptors. We evaluated the interaction of receptors with members of the inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir 3) channel family, which also play an important role in neuronal transmission and membrane(More)