Regulation and functional characterization of a rat recombinant dopamine D3 receptor

Synapse. 1995 Sep;21(1):1-9. doi: 10.1002/syn.890210102.


We stably expressed a rat D3 receptor cDNA in C6 glioma cells (C6-D3 cells), quantifying receptor expression with the radioligands [125I]epidepride (KD = 0.1 nM) and [3H]spiperone (KD = 0.7 nM). As reported previously for D2 receptors, quinpirole induced a 9-16% increase in the rate of extracellular acidification by C6-D3 cells. The acidification was inhibited by epidepride and by the Na+/H+ antiporter inhibitors, amiloride and methylisobutylamiloride, but pertussis toxin treatment had no effect on quinpirole-induced extracellular acidification. These data suggest that D3 receptor stimulation of Na+/H+ exchange in C6 glioma cells is not mediated by the pertussis toxin-sensitive G proteins, Gi or G(o). Overnight treatment of C6-D3 cells with N-propylnorapomorphine, dopamine, or quinpirole resulted in large concentration-dependent increases (up to 500%) in the density of D3 receptors on membranes prepared from the cells. Antagonists had smaller, variable effects on the density of D3 receptors in C6-D3 cells, except for domperidone, which significantly increased the density of D3 receptors. Treatment with pertussis toxin had no effect on the agonist-induced receptor up-regulation, indicating that an interaction with pertussis toxin-sensitive G proteins was not required. Densitometry analysis of Northern blots of RNA prepared from C6-D3 cells showed no significant N-propylnorapomorphine-induced increase in D3 receptor message. Treatment with cycloheximide, however, completely prevented receptor up-regulation by N-propylnorapomorphine. Pretreatment of C6-D2 cells with 10 microM DA resulted in a substantial heterologous sensitization, in which isoproterenol-stimulated adenylyl cyclase activity was enhanced more than twofold.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amiloride / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Gene Expression
  • Glioma / genetics*
  • Radioligand Assay
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Receptors, Dopamine / drug effects*
  • Receptors, Dopamine / physiology*
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*
  • Time Factors


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Receptors, Dopamine
  • Amiloride