The VIP2 receptor: molecular characterisation of a cDNA encoding a novel receptor for vasoactive intestinal peptide

FEBS Lett. 1993 Nov 8;334(1):3-8. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(93)81668-p.


We have cloned and sequenced a cDNA (RPR4) encoding a new member of the secretin/calcitonin/parathyroid hormone (PTH) receptor family. RPR4 was identified by PCR of rat pituitary cDNA, and a full-length clone was isolated from a rat olfactory bulb cDNA library. When RPR4 was functionally expressed in COS 7 cells, cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) production was stimulated by vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), pituitary adenylate cyclase activating peptides (PACAP-38 and PACAP-27) and helodermin, with equal potency. Peptide histidine isoleucine (PHI) and rat growth hormone releasing hormone (rGHRH) also stimulated cAMP production at lower potency. This suggests that RPR4 encodes a novel VIP receptor which we have designated the VIP2 receptor. In situ hybridisation showed that mRNA for this receptor was present mainly in the thalamus, hippocampus and in the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Cell Line
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptors, Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide / genetics*
  • Receptors, Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide / metabolism
  • Receptors, Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide, Type II
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Transfection


  • DNA, Complementary
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Receptors, Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide
  • Receptors, Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide, Type II
  • Vipr2 protein, rat

Associated data

  • GENBANK/Z25885