An expression plasmid for mammalian cells (CLDN10B) has been modified to add nucleotides encoding hexahistidine and the FLAG peptide (H/F) to cDNAs. The new mammalian expression plasmid has been named pDoubleTrouble (pDT). The plasmid and a recombinant baculovirus were used to produce native-and H/F-human A1 and A2A adenosine receptors, optimally expressed in CHO-K1 and Sf9 cells, respectively. Binding to recombinant H/F-A1 receptors (Bmax = 30 pmol/mg protein) was characterized using [3H]8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine ([3H]CPX) and 125I-N6-aminobenzyladenosine (125I-ABA). Binding to H/F-A2A receptors (Bmax = 48 pmol/mg protein) was characterized using [3H]5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine ([3H]NECA) and [3H]2-[4-(2-carboxyethyl)phenethylamino]-NECA ([3H]CGS21680). By comparison to native receptors, the addition of H/F to the amino termini of these receptors had no effect on the binding affinities cyclic AMP accumulation in intact cells was not affected by the H/F extension. Anti-FLAG and Ni-nitrilotriacetic acid affinity chromatography resulted in high yield ( >50% overall recovery) of nearly homogeneous deglycosylation with N-glycosidase F. We anticipate that pDT will be generally useful for facilitating the purification in high yield of recombinant receptors and other proteins by single or sequential affinity chromatography steps.