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Master of Science


Physiology and Biophysics

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Dr. Javier González Maeso

Second Advisor

Dr. Ian Ramsey

Third Advisor

Dr. Montserrat Samso


While the etiology is unknown, serotonin and glutamate G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) neurotransmission dysfunctionality is characteristic of schizophrenia. Previous findings demonstrated that the serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine 2A (5-HT2A) receptor and the metabotropic glutamate 2 (mGlu2) receptor assemble into a heteromeric complex; however, little is known of the complete structural interface of the heteromer. Through a mutational-based approach, previous research identified Transmembrane domain 4 (TM4) as being responsible for mediating heteromerization in mGlu2 before determining the particular amino acids responsible for the interface. A similar technique was used in this investigation to determine which component of 5-HT2A is responsible for the heterodimeric interface. Here, I identified four residues at the N-terminal of transmembrane domain four essential for the 5-HT2A receptor to form a GPCR heteromer with the mGlu2 receptor in HEK-293 cells. Substitution of these residues (phenylalanine 4.43, leucine 4.44, isoleucine 4.47, and alanine 4.48) leads to a significant reduction of 5-HT2A·mGlu2 receptor complex formation. This finding offers potential targets for future photo-crosslinking investigations to identify the particular residues within the 5-HT2A responsible for mediating the heteromeric interface of the 5-HT2A·mGlu2 complex.


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