Pharmacologic characterization of the cloned human trace amine-associated receptor1 (TAAR1) and evidence for species differences with the rat TAAR1.

Authors: Wainscott DB, Little SP, Yin T, Tu Y, Rocco VP, He JX, Nelson DL.
Publisher/Year: J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2007 Jan;320(1):475-85. Epub 2006 Oct 12.
Pub Med ID/Journal ID: PMID:17038507


The hemagglutinin-tagged human trace amine-associated receptor1 (TAAR1) was stably coexpressed with rat Galpha(s) in the AV12-664 cell line, and receptor activation was measured as the stimulation of cAMP formation. After blockade of endogenously expressed alpha2- and beta-adrenoceptors with 2-[2-(2-methoxy-1,4-benzodioxanyl)]-imidazoline hydrochloride (2-methoxyidazoxan, RX821002) and alprenolol, respectively, the resulting pharmacology was consistent with that of a unique receptor subtype. beta-Phenylethylamine (beta-PEA), the putative endogenous ligand, gave an EC50 of 106 +/- 5 nM in the assay. For a series of beta-PEA analogs used to explore the pharmacophore, small substituents at ring positions 3 and/or 4 generally resulted in compounds having lower potency than beta-PEA, although several were as potent as beta-PEA. However, small substituents at ring position 2 resulted in a number of compounds having potencies as good as or better than beta-PEA. A number of nonselective antagonists known to share affinity for multiple monoaminergic receptors were evaluated for their ability to inhibit beta-PEA stimulation of the human TAAR1. None had an IC50 <10 microM. For comparison, the rat TAAR1 receptor was expressed in the AV12-664 cell line. A number of agonist compounds had significantly different relative potencies between the rat and human TAAR1, demonstrating a significant species difference between the rat and human TAAR1. The TAAR1 receptor exhibits a pharmacologic profile uniquely different from those of classic monoaminergic receptors, consistent with the structural information that places them in a distinct family of receptors. This unique pharmacologic profile suggests the potential for development of TAAR-selective agonists and antagonists to study their physiologic roles.