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- Organization of higher-order oligomers of the serotonin1A receptor explored utilizing homo-FRET in live cells
- Ganguly, Sourav; Clayton, Andrew H. A.; Chattopadhyay, Amitabha
- The serotonin1A receptor is a representative member of the GPCR superfamily and serves as an important drug target. The possible role of GPCR oligomerization in receptor function is an active area of research. We monitored the oligomerization state of serotonin1A receptors using homo-FRET and fluorescence lifetime measurements. Homo-FRET is estimated by a reduction in fluorescence anisotropy and provides a superior approach for exploring oligomerization. In addition, homo-FRET offers the possibility of detecting higher-order oligomers. On the basis of an observed increase in fluorescence anisotropy upon progressive photobleaching and analysis of the difference between the extrapolated anisotropy and the predicted anisotropy of an immobile monomer, we propose the presence of constitutive oligomers of the serotonin1A receptor. To the best of our knowledge, these results constitute the first report of higher-order oligomers for the serotonin1A receptor. We further show that cholesterol depletion and antagonist treatment result in a reduced population of higher-order oligomers. In contrast, agonist stimulation and destabilization of the actin cytoskeleton lead to an increased contribution from higher oligomers. These results provide novel insight into the oligomerization status of the serotonin1A receptor that could enhance the ability to design better therapeutic strategies to combat diseases related to malfunctioning of GPCRs.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Biophysical Journal, Vol. 100, no. 2 (Jan 2011), pp. 361-368
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 0299 Other Physical Sciences; 0903 Biomedical Engineering
- Homo-FRET; Oligomerization; Receptor function; Serotonin1A receptors
- Cell Press
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2011 by the Biophysical Society.
- Additional information
- Supported by the Australian Research Council; the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia; the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India; and the Department of Science and Technology, India.
- Peer reviewed