Summary of the probe development effort to identify antagonists of the human trace amine associated receptor 1 (TAAR1)
Name: Summary of the probe development effort to identify antagonists of the human trace amine associated receptor 1 (TAAR1). ..more
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC)
Affiliation: RTI International
Assay Provider: Brian P. Gilmour, RTI International
Network: Molecular Library Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1R21NS064780-01A1
Grant Proposal PI: Brian P. Gilmour, RTI International
External Assay ID: TAAR1_ANT_SUMMARY
Name: Summary of the probe development effort to identify antagonists of the human trace amine associated receptor 1 (TAAR1).
Heterotrimeric G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are major targets for disease therapeutics, due in part to their broad tissue distribution, structural diversity, varied modes of action, and disease-associated mutations (1-4). TAAR1 (trace amine associated receptor 1) is a G protein-coupled receptor activated by trace amines. Trace amines (TA) such as Beta-phenethylamine (Beta-PEA), p-tyramine (TYR), octopamine, and tryptamine are endogenous amine compounds that account for less than 1% of the biogenic amines in most brain regions (5), and exert pharmacological actions in humans (6,7). In addition to binding Beta-PEA and TYR, rat TAAR1 is also activated by dopamine, octopamine, tryptamine, amphetamine, and lysergic acid (8-10). TAs are of particular interest because they have been shown to modulate the activity of neurotransmitters such as dopamine (11-13) and gamma-amino butyric acid (14-16) and alterations in their brain levels are associated with schizophrenia (17-19) and depression (20, 21). Their potential to modulate dopaminergic activity suggests that they may play a role in the efficacy of L-DOPA in treating Parkinson disease4 and addiction (13). In humans, only TAAR1 has been shown to be activated by Beta-PEA and TYR, resulting in increased cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) accumulation through coupling to Gs (9, 10). Endogenous hTAAR1 activity is predominantly coupled to G-alpha-s and the accumulation of cAMP. The variety of compounds potentially acting at this receptor makes it attractive to assume that hTAAR1 is involved in a variety of integrated CNS processes such as mood and cognition. As a result, hTAAR1 is an interesting target for the development of ligands to probe the role of this receptor in CNS function and disease. For this project, the assay provider has created a cell line expressing the hTAAR1 in a parent cell line (RD-HGA16 cells, Molecular Devices) that stably over expresses the promiscuous G-protein, G-alpha-16, thereby coupling hTAAR1 activation to mobilization of internal calcium stores. Because TAs may be involved in modulating a variety of behaviors including mood, cognition, and addiction, it is of interest to discover novel ligands for TAAR1 to probe the role TAs play in brain function (22, 23).
Summary of Probe Development Effort:
This probe development effort is focused on the identification of antagonists of the human trace amine associated receptor 1 (TAAR1). All AIDs that contain results associated with this project can be found in the "Related Bioassays" section of this Summary AID.
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