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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effects of GTP analogs and dithiothreitol on the binding properties of the vascular vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor.

Previous studies have demonstrated a specific vascular receptor for the neurotransmitter peptide, vasoactive intestinal peptide ( VIP), and have suggested that the receptor is positively coupled to vascular adenylate cyclase. The present study addressed the questions whether the vascular VIP receptor is subject to regulation by guanine nucleotides and whether a disulfide reducing agent, dithiothreitol, would perturb the binding function of the vascular VIP receptor. Guanosine triphosphate (GTP) and its non-hydrolyzable analogs, guanylyl imidodiphosphate (Gpp(NH)p) and guanosine-5'-O-(3-thiotriphosphate) (GTP-gamma-S), increased the rate of dissociation of radiolabeled VIP from arterial receptors in a concentration-dependent manner. GTP-gamma-S increased the equilibrium dissociation constant (KD) of the high affinity vascular VIP binding site, a result consistent with decreased high affinity binding of VIP induced by GTP-gamma-S. These results are consistent with a regulatory role for guanine nucleotides in the function of the vascular VIP receptor. The disulfide reducing agent, dithiothreitol, caused a decrease in specific binding of radiolabeled VIP. Upon Scatchard analysis the effect of dithiothreitol was characterized by an increase in the KD and a decrease in the maximum number of binding sites (Bmax) of the high affinity binding site. These results suggest that disulfide bonds are important for ligand binding to vascular VIP receptors. The sulfhydryl alkylating agents, N-ethylmaleimide and iodoacetamide, had minimal effects on radioligand binding.[1]


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