Modulation of [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding to chinese hamster ovary cell membranes by D(2(short)) dopamine receptors

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Rat dopamine D(2short) expressed in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were characterized by means of activation of [(35)S]-guanosine 5'-O-(gamma-thiotriphosphate) ([(35)S]GTPgammaS) binding and inhibition of [(3)H]raclopride binding. Among 18 dopaminergic ligands studied dopamine, NPA, apomorphine and quinpirole were full agonists in activation of [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding, while seven ligands were partial agonists with efficacies from 16 to 69% of the effect of dopamine and seven ligands were antagonists having no effect on the basal level of [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding, but inhibited dopamine-dependent activation in a dose-response manner. Despite the different efficacies, the potencies of all 18 ligands to modulate [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding revealed a good correlation with their potencies to inhibit [(3)H]raclopride binding in the CHO cell membranes. This indicates that the binding of the ligand to the receptor determines its potency, but has no direct correlation with its intrinsic activity.


  • A Terasmaa
  • U B Finnman
  • Christer Owman
  • S Ferre
  • K Fuxe
  • A Rinken
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  • Neurosciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-138
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Publication categoryResearch