Interaction of l-Prolyl-l-Leucyl Glycinamide with Dopamine D2Receptor: Evidence for Modulation of Agonist Affinity States in Bovine Striatal Membranes Academic Article uri icon

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  • The role of the hypothalamic tripeptide L-prolyl-L-leucyl-glycinamide (PLG) in modulating the agonist binding to bovine striatal dopamine D2 receptor was investigated using a selective high-affinity agonist, n-propylnorapomorphine (NPA). PLG caused an enhancement in [3H]NPA binding in striatal membranes in a dose-dependent manner, the maximum effect being observed at 10(-7)-10(-6) M concentration of the tripeptide. The Scatchard analysis of [3H]NPA binding to membranes preincubated with 10(-6) M PLG revealed a significant increase in the affinity of the agonist binding sites. In contrast, there was no effect of PLG on the binding pattern of the antagonist [3H]spiroperidol. The antagonist versus agonist competition curves analyzed for agonist high- and low-affinity states of the receptor displayed an increase in the population and affinity of the high-affinity form of the receptor with PLG treatment. The low-affinity sites concomitantly decreased with relatively small change in the affinity for the agonists. Almost similar results were obtained when either NPA or apomorphine was used in the competition experiments. A partial antagonistic effect of PLG on 5'-guanylylimidodiphosphate [Gpp(NH)p]-induced inhibition of high-affinity agonist binding was also observed, as the ratio of high- to low-affinity forms of the receptor was significantly higher in the PLG-treated membranes compared to the controls. Direct [3H]NPA binding experiments demonstrated that PLG attenuated the Gpp(NH)p-induced inhibition of agonist binding by increasing the EC50 of the nucleotide (concentration that inhibits 50% of the specific binding). No effect of PLG on high-affinity [3H]NPA binding, however, could be observed when the striatal membranes were preincubated with Gpp(NH)p.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)


  • Srivastava, Lalit K
  • Bajwa, Samina B
  • Johnson, Rodney L
  • Mishra, Ram

publication date

  • March 1988