Section 9
Chapter 8,811

Identification of the amino acid residues involved in selective agonist binding in the first extracellular loop of the delta- and mu-opioid receptors

Fukuda, K.; Terasako, K.; Kato, S.; Mori, K.

Febs Letters 373(2): 177-181


ISSN/ISBN: 0014-5793
PMID: 7589460
DOI: 10.1016/0014-5793(95)01034-c
Accession: 008810671

Effects of amino acid substitutions in the first extracellular loop region of the delta- and mu-opioid receptors were examined. Substitution of lysine-108 of the delta-receptor (delta K108) with asparagine improved affinity to [D-Ala2,MePhe4,Gly-ol5]enk ephalin (DAGO), a mu-selective peptide agonist, to be comparable with that of the mu-receptor. On the other hand, replacement of mN127 with lysine decreased the affinity to DAGO by approximately 15-fold. These results suggest that dK108 and mN127, which correspond to each other in the aligned amino acid sequences, mainly determine the difference in DAGO binding affinity between the delta- and mu-receptors.

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