Expression and pharmacological characterization of the human mu-opioid receptor in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris.


The human mu-opioid receptor cDNA from which the 32 amino-terminal codons were substituted by the Saccharomyces cerevisiae alpha-mating factor signal sequence has been expressed in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris using the host promoter of the alcohol oxidase-1 gene. Cell membranes exhibited specific and saturable binding of the opioid antagonist… (More)