The G-protein coupled receptor CMKLR1/ChemR23: Studies on gene regulation, receptor ligand activation, and HIV/SIV co-receptor function

by Mårtensson, Ulrika, PhD

Abstract (Summary)
In all higher organisms, there is a need for intercellular communication. G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), located on the cell surface, play an important role in this communication. Cells synthesize and release signalling molecules (ligands), which produce a specific response only in those cells that have a receptor for that ligand. The total number of GPCRs is estimated to be around 800 where approximately 160 still are "orphans", meaning that the endogenous ligands are unknown. CMKLR1/ChemR23 is a GPCR that was recently "de-orphanized" when the endogenous ligand, TIG2/chemerin, was isolated from inflammatory fluids and hemofiltrate. The receptor displays a high homology to chemoattractant-like receptors involved in inflammation processes. Sequence is implicated in osseous and cartilage development, and the receptor is also suggested to have a pathophysiological role as one of the co-receptors involved in human and simian immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1 and SIV)-infection of CD4+ immune cells. We have described the genomic organization of cmklr1 in mouse and analysed the regulatory mechanism behind the corresponding receptor expression. Two transcripts of mouse cmklr1 have been identified, cmklr1a and b, which utilize alternative promoters for transcription. We show that four Sp1 transcription factors are involved in cmklr1a promoter activation in mouse NB4 1A3 cells, whereas the transcription factor NFY is important for transcription of cmklr1b in mouse BV2 cells. Cmklr1a shows expression in organs such as heart and lung whereas cmklr1b is suggested to be an inducible transcript up-regulated by stimulation with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). The interaction between CMKLR1/ChemR23 and TIG2/chemerin in mouse has been studied. Mouse TIG2/chemerin was found to activate the mouse receptor, although to a lower degree than for the human receptor. Peptides corresponding to the C-terminus of mouse TIG2/chemerin could activate mouse CMKLR1/ChemR23 but to a lower extent than the human receptor. The results indicate that the peptide domains necessary for receptor activation differ for human and mouse TIG2/chemerin or that the maximal response of the mouse receptor is lower than in human. The importance of human CMKLR1/ChemR23 as a co-receptor for HIV and SIV has been investigated. We show that CMKLR1/ChemR23 can function as a minor co-receptor for select HIV-1 isolates as well as more generally for HIV-2 and SIV isolates. Among certain better-characterized co-receptors, the HIV-1 co-receptor function of CMKLR1/ChemR23 resembles that of the chemokine receptor, CCR3. Using a "humanized" hybrid rat CMKLR1/ChemR23 receptor as model, it was shown that the major determinants for HIV-1 and HIV-2 interaction with the receptor reside to a varying degree in the N-terminus and second extracellular loop, whereas the viral interaction in the case of SIV primarily involves the second extracellular loop.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Lunds universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MEDICINE; Medicine (human and vertebrates); Medicin (människa och djur); HIV/SIV; TIG2/chemerin; transcriptional regulation; ligand activation; Co-receptor; GPCR; ChemR23/CMKLR1


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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