Intermolecular cross-talk between NTR1 and NTR2 neurotensin receptor promotes intracellular sequestration and functional inhibition of NTR1 receptors

Jae Ryoung Hwang, Min Woo Baek, Jeonggu Sim, Heung Sik Choi, Ji Man Han, You Lim Kim, Jong-Ik Hwang, Hyuk Bang Kwon, Nicolas Beaudet, Philippe Sarret, Jae Young Seong

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G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) are now regarded as being able to acquire heterodimer conformations affecting their pharmacology, signaling and trafficking. In co-immunoprecipitation studies using differentially epitope-tagged receptors, we herein provide direct evidence for heterodimerization of human neurotensin type 1 receptor (hNTR1) and type 2 receptor (hNTR2). Using chimeric constructs, we also identified the hNTR2 transmembrane 2 (TM2) to TM4 region as crucial for the formation of the dimerization interface. At the functional level, we demonstrated that the co-expression of hNTR2 suppressed hNTR1-mediated adenylate cyclase/cAMP and phospholipase C activation. Finally, confocal microscopy revealed that whereas tagged hNTR1 expressed alone were localized to the plasma membrane, co-expression of hNTR2 caused the retention of hNTR1 in sub-cellular compartments, indicating that heterodimerization with hNTR2 interferes with the proper recruitment of hNTR1 to the plasma membrane. Overall, this study proposes a novel function of NTR2 in the regulation of NTR1 activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1013
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1



  • Dimerization
  • G-protein-coupled receptor
  • Neurotensin
  • Signal transduction
  • Trafficking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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