neurotensin receptor 1 (high affinity)
Alt. symbolsNTR
NCBI gene4923
Other data
LocusChr. 20 q13-20q13
neurotensin receptor 2
Alt. symbolsNTR2
NCBI gene23620
Other data
LocusChr. 2 p25.1
sortilin 1
Alt. symbolsGp95, NT3
NCBI gene6272
Other data
LocusChr. 1 p21.3-1p13.1

Neurotensin receptors are transmembrane receptors that bind the neurotransmitter neurotensin.[1][2] Two of the receptors encoded by the NTSR1 and NTSR2 genes contain seven transmembrane helices and are G protein coupled. Numerous crystal structures have been reported for the neurotensin receptor 1 (NTS1).[3] The third receptor has a single transmembrane domain and is encoded by the SORT1 gene.





Biophysical Investigation

Unusually for GPCRs, NTS1 can be expressed in an active form in the bacteria E. coli.[8] It can be purified and analysed in vitro and has been analysed by a number of biophysical techniques such as surface plasmon resonance,[9] FRET[10] and cryo-electron microscopy.[11] Furthermore, high-resolution crystal structures have been determined for NTS1 in complex with the peptide full agonist NT8-13, non-peptide full agonist SRI-9829, partial agonist RTI-3a, antagonists / inverse agonists SR-48692 and SR-142948, as well as in the ligand-free state [3]


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  5. ^ Thomas JB, Navarro H, Warner KR, Gilmour B (March 2009). "The identification of nonpeptide neurotensin receptor partial agonists from the potent antagonist SR48692 using a calcium mobilization assay". Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 19 (5): 1438–1441. doi:10.1016/j.bmcl.2009.01.024. PMC 4418176. PMID 19195889.
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  8. ^ Attrill H, Harding PJ, Smith E, Ross S, Watts A (2009). "Improved yield of a ligand-binding GPCR expressed in E. coli for structural studies". Protein Expr Purif. 64 (1): 32–38. doi:10.1016/j.pep.2008.10.001. PMID 18976711.
  9. ^ Harding PJ, Hadingham TC, McDonnell JM, Watts A (2006). "Direct analysis of a GPCR-agonist interaction by surface plasmon resonance". Eur Biophys J. 35 (8): 709–712. doi:10.1007/s00249-006-0070-x. PMID 16708210. S2CID 7844675.
  10. ^ Harding PJ, Attrill H, Boehringer J, Ross S, Wadhams GH, Smith E, Armitage JP, Watts A (2009). "Constitutive dimerization of the G-protein coupled receptor, neurotensin receptor 1, reconstituted into phospholipid bilayers". Biophys. J. 96 (3): 964–973. Bibcode:2009BpJ....96..964H. doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2008.09.054. PMC 2716571. PMID 19186134.
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