The cholesterol-complexing agent digitonin modulates ligand binding of the bovine hippocampal serotonin1Areceptor

Yamuna Devi Paila, Thomas J. Pucadyil, Amitabha Chattopadhyay
2005 Molecular membrane biology  
The serotonin 1A (5-HT 1A ) receptor is an important member of the superfamily of seven transmembrane domain G-proteincoupled receptors. We have examined the modulatory role of cholesterol on the ligand binding of the bovine hippocampal 5-HT 1A receptor by cholesterol complexation in native membranes using digitonin. Complexation of cholesterol from bovine hippocampal membranes using digitonin results in a concentration-dependent reduction in specific binding of the agonist 8-OH-DPAT and
more » ... ist p -MPPF to 5-HT 1A receptors. The corresponding changes in membrane order were monitored by analysis of fluorescence polarization data of the membrane depth-specific probes, DPH and TMA-DPH. Taken together, our results point out the important role of membrane cholesterol in maintaining the function of the 5-HT 1A receptor. An important aspect of these results is that non-availability of free cholesterol in the membrane due to complexation with digitonin rather than physical depletion is sufficient to significantly reduce the 5-HT 1A receptor function. These results provide a comprehensive understanding of the effects of the sterol-complexing agent digitonin in particular, and the role of membrane cholesterol in general, on the 5-HT 1A receptor function.
doi:10.1080/09687860500093453 pmid:16096266 fatcat:5y3zjc4rebfoporqj5mh23ahju