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Bitter taste perception in humans is mediated by receptors encoded by 25 genes that together comprise the TAS2R (or T2R) gene family. The ability to identify the ligand(s) for each of these receptors is dependent on understanding allelic variation in TAS2R genes, which may have a significant effect on ligand recognition. To investigate the extent of coding(More)
We employed the first principles computational method MembStruk and homology modeling techniques to predict the 3D structures of the human phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) taste receptor. This protein is a seven-transmembrane-domain G protein-coupled receptor that exists in two main forms worldwide, designated taster and nontaster, which differ from each other at(More)
The mutation of the PKD1 gene causes autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), and the PKD1 gene encodes polycystin-1 (PC-1). PC-1 is thought to be a cell-cell/matrix adhesion receptor molecule at the cell surface that is widely expressed in the kidney. However, there are controversies about the role of PC-1 protein and its expression when using(More)
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