Receptor crosstalk protein, calcyon, regulates affinity state of dopamine D1 receptors

Michael S. Lidow, Amy Roberts, Ling Zhang, Phil Ok Koh, Nelson Lezcano, Clare Bergson

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The recently cloned protein, calcyon, potentiates crosstalk between Gs-coupled dopamine D1 receptors and heterologous Gq/11-coupled receptors allowing dopamine D1 receptors to stimulate intracellular Ca2+ release, in addition to cAMP production. This crosstalk also requires the participating Gq/11-coupled receptors to be primed by their agonists. We examined the ability of calcyon and priming to regulate the affinity of dopamine D1 receptors for its ligands. Receptor binding assays were performed on HEK293 cell membrane preparations expressing dopamine D1 receptors either alone or in combination with calcyon. Co-expression of dopamine D1 receptor and calcyon affected neither the affinity of this receptor for antagonists nor the affinity of agonist binding to this receptor high and low-affinity states. However, the presence of calcyon dramatically decreased the proportion of the high-affinity dopamine D1 receptor agonist binding sites. This decrease was reversed by carbachol, which primes the receptor crosstalk by stimulating endogenous Gq/11-coupled muscarinic receptors. Our findings suggest that calcyon regulates the ability of dopamine D1 receptors to achieve the high-affinity state for agonists, in a manner that depends on priming of receptor crosstalk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 21 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Affinity
  • Agonist
  • Antagonist
  • G protein
  • Receptor binding assay
  • Receptor crosstalk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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