Trace amine-associated receptors form structurally and functionally distinct subfamilies of novel G protein-coupled receptors

Lothar Lindemann, Martin Ebeling, Nicole A. Kratochwil, James R. Bunzow, David K. Grandy, Marius C. Hoener

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    Abstract

    Trace amines are endogenous compounds structurally related to classical biogenic amines that have been studied for decades, triggered by their link to psychiatric conditions of high epidemiological and economical relevance. The understanding of their pharmacology on the molecular level was hampered until the recent discovery of trace-amine-specific receptors. We completed the identification of all members of this novel GPCR family in human, chimpanzee, rat, and mouse and observed remarkable interspecies differences, even between human and chimpanzee. The analysis of the chromosomal localizations, phylogenetic relationships, and ligand pocket vectors reveals three distinct receptor subfamilies. As most of these receptors do not respond to trace amines, each subfamily will presumably have a distinct pharmacological profile, which remains to be identified. We propose a uniform nomenclature describing this novel GPCR family in all mammalian species as trace-amine-associated receptors (TAARs), which resolves the ambiguities and contradictions of the previous naming.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)372-385
    Number of pages14
    JournalGenomics
    Volume85
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2005

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    Keywords

    • Chimpanzee
    • GPCR
    • Nomenclature
    • Phylogeny
    • Trace amine

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Genetics

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    Lindemann, L., Ebeling, M., Kratochwil, N. A., Bunzow, J. R., Grandy, D. K., & Hoener, M. C. (2005). Trace amine-associated receptors form structurally and functionally distinct subfamilies of novel G protein-coupled receptors. Genomics, 85(3), 372-385. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygeno.2004.11.010