The orphan GPR50 receptor specifically inhibits MT1 melatonin receptor function through heterodimerization

Department of Cell Biology, Institut Cochin, Paris, France.
The EMBO Journal (Impact Factor: 10.43). 08/2006; 25(13):3012-23. DOI: 10.1038/sj.emboj.7601193
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One-third of the approximately 400 nonodorant G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are still orphans. Although a considerable number of these receptors are likely to transduce cellular signals in response to ligands that remain to be identified, they may also have ligand-independent functions. Several members of the GPCR family have been shown to modulate the function of other receptors through heterodimerization. We show that GPR50, an orphan GPCR, heterodimerizes constitutively and specifically with MT(1) and MT(2) melatonin receptors, using biochemical and biophysical approaches in intact cells. Whereas the association between GPR50 and MT(2) did not modify MT(2) function, GPR50 abolished high-affinity agonist binding and G protein coupling to the MT(1) protomer engaged in the heterodimer. Deletion of the large C-terminal tail of GPR50 suppressed the inhibitory effect of GPR50 on MT(1) without affecting heterodimerization, indicating that this domain regulates the interaction of regulatory proteins to MT(1). Pairing orphan GPCRs to potential heterodimerization partners might be of clinical importance and may become a general strategy to better understand the function of orphan GPCRs.

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    • "3.4. GPR50 promotes neuronal differentiation through its intracellular domain GPR50 has the longest carboxyl tail among known GPCR [24] [25] and contains at least one putative proteolytic cleavage site [25]. The intracellular domain of GPR50 translocates into the nucleus after binding to TIP60, a transcriptional co-activator with histone acetyltransferase [26]. "
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    • "It is also possible that GPR50's association with depression occurs via its ability to modulate melatonin signaling, as melatonin reportedly plays a role in depression (Singh and Jadhav 2014). While GPR50 does not bind melatonin itself, it has been shown to inhibit binding of melatonin to the melatonin receptor 1 (Levoye et al. 2006), and thus influences signaling. Strengths of our study are that it was populationbased and involved more than 1000 elderly who were followed for over 12 years. "
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    • "GPR50 is a member of G-protein coupled receptor 1 family and known as a melatonin-related orphan receptor. The physiological functions of this protein are still largely unknown [6]. The variant c.113C > T (rs189225995) in GPR50 was tested in 1500 controls (314 males and 593 females, normal unaffected individuals of matched geographical ancestry) and found in 2 females. "
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