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Keywords:

  • PTH RECEPTOR;
  • ISOFORM;
  • DOMINANT-NEGATIVE;
  • ALTERNATIVE SPLICING;
  • G PROTEIN–COUPLED RECEPTORS;
  • MEMBRANE TRAFFICKING;
  • MAP KINASE;
  • ADENYLYL CYCLASE

Abstract

Parathyroid hormone (PTH) regulates calcium homeostasis and bone remodeling through its cognitive receptor (PTHR). We describe here a PTHR isoform harboring an in-frame 42-bp deletion of exon 14 (Δe14-PTHR) that encodes transmembrane domain 7. Δe14-PTHR was detected in human kidney and buccal epithelial cells. We characterized its topology, cellular localization, and signaling, as well as its interactions with PTHR. The C-terminus of the Δe14-PTHR is extracellular, and cell surface expression is strikingly reduced compared with the PTHR. Δe14-PTHR displayed impaired trafficking and accumulated in endoplasmic reticulum. Signaling and activation of cAMP and ERK by Δe14-PTHR was decreased significantly compared with PTHR. Δe14-PTHR acts as a functional dominant-negative by suppressing the action of PTHR. Cells cotransfected with both receptors exhibit markedly reduced PTHR cell membrane expression, colocalization with Δe14-PTHR in endoplasmic reticulum, and diminished cAMP activation and ERK phosphorylation in response to challenge with PTH. Δe14-PTHR forms heterodimers with PTHR, which may account for cytoplasmic retention of PTHR in the presence of Δe14-PTHR. Analysis of the PTHR heteronuclear RNA suggests that base-pair complementarity in introns surrounding exon 14 causes exon skipping and accounts for generation of the Δe14-PTHR isoform. Thus Δe14-PTHR is a poorly functional receptor that acts as a dominant-negative of PTHR trafficking and signaling and may contribute to PTH resistance. © 2011 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.