PubMed 9261808

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Automatically associated channels: Kir3.1 , Kir3.2 , Slo1

Title: Expression cloning of rat cerebellar adenosine A1 receptor by coupling to Kir channels.

Authors: T Pfaff, A Karschin

Journal, date & volume: Neuroreport, 1997 Jul 28 , 8, 2455-60

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G protein activation of inwardly rectifying K+ (Kir) channels by heptahelical receptors is an important signaling motif in slow synaptic transmission in the mammalian brain. To isolate candidate receptors responsive to the purine nucleoside adenosine, a cerebellar cDNA library was constructed in the vector pSGEM and transcripts were injected into Xenopus Laevis oocytes co-expressing Kir3.1 and/or Kir3.2 subunits. Stepwise fractionation and functional characterization of the library using two-electrode voltage clamp measurements resulted in the identification of a single unique cDNA clone with an open reading frame of 326 amino acids. The pharmacological properties as determined from the responses to cyclopentyl-adenosine (CPA, EC50 = 7 nM) and CGS21680 (EC50 = 2.6 microM) were typical of adenosine A1 receptors. The differential receptor coupling to heteromeric Kir channels composed of Kir3.1-4 subunits provides a useful technique to isolate novel heptahelical receptors.