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Interaction of the C-terminal tail region of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 7 with the protein kinase C substrate PICK1

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: Dr Heinrich Betz, as above.
E-mail: betz@mpih-frankfurt.mpg.de

Abstract

Group III metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are highly enriched in the presynaptic terminals of glutamatergic synapses where they mediate feedback inhibition of neurotransmitter release. Here, we used the yeast two-hybrid system to identify a direct interaction of the C-terminal tail region of mGluR7 with the rat homologue of the protein kinase C substrate PICK1. This interaction is specifically mediated by the very C-terminal amino acids of the receptor and can be reconstituted in human embryonic kidney 293 cells by transfection of full-length mGluR7 and PICK1 cDNAs. Quantitative β-galactosidase assays revealed that among the different group III mGluRs, mGluR7 is the major PICK1 binding partner although other subfamily members can also interact with PICK1. These data indicate that PDZ domain-containing proteins might contribute to the presynaptic localization of group III mGluRs.

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