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Modulating effect of adenosine deaminase on function of adenosine A1 receptors



To study the modulating effect of adenosine deaminase (ADA) on yhe adenosine A1 receptor (A1R) in HEK293 cells stably expressing the human A1R.


cDNA was amplified by RT-PCR using total RNA from human embryo brain tissue as the template. The PCR products were subcloned into the plasmid pcDNA3 and cloned into the plasmid pcDNA3.1. The cloned A1R cDNA was sequenced and stably expressed in HEK293 cells. The modulating effect of adenosine deaminase on A1R was studied by using [3H]DPCPX binding assay and an intracellular calcium assay.


HEK293 cells stably expressing human A1R were obtained. Saturation studies showed that the KD value and Bmax value of [3H]DPCPX were 1.6±0.2 nmol/L and 1.819±0.215 nmol/g of protein respectively, in the absence of ecto-ADA respectively, and 1.3±0.2 nmol/L and 1.992±0.130 nmol/g of protein in the presence of ecto-ADA respectively, suggesting that the KD value and Bmax value of [3H]DPCPX were unaffected by ecto-ADA. In the case of [3H]DPCPX competition curves obtained from intact cells or membranes, A1R agonist CCPA/[3H]DPCPX competition curve could be fitted well to a one-site model in the absence of ecto-ADA and a two-site model in the presence of ecto-ADA with a KH value of 0.74 (0.11–4.8) nmol/L (intact cells) or 1.8 (0.25–10) nmol/L (membrane) and a KL value of 0.94 (0.62–1.41) μmol/L (intact cells) or 0.77 (0.29–0.99) μmol/L (membrane). The KL value is not significantly different from the IC50 value of 0.84(0.57–1.23) μmol/L (intact cells) or 0.84 (0.63–1.12) μmol/L (membrane) obtained in the absence of ecto-ADA. Similar results were obtained from the CPA/[3H]DPCPX competition curve in the absence or presence of ecto-ADA on intact cells or membranes. Intracellular calcium assay demonstrated that the EC50 value of CPA were 10 (5–29) nmol/L and 94 (38–229) nmol/L in the presence or absence of ecto-ADA, respectively.


A1R stably expressed in the HEK293 cells display a low affinity for agonists in the absence of ADA and high and low affinities for agonists in the presence of ADA. The presence of ADA may promote the signaling through the adenosine A1 receptor in HEK293 cells.


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Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No 30128004) and Shanghai Metropolitan Fund for Research and Development (No 04DZ14005).

Department of Pharmacology, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, 201203, China

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Sun, Wc., Cao, Y., Jin, L. et al. Modulating effect of adenosine deaminase on function of adenosine A1 receptors. Acta Pharmacol Sin 26, 160–165 (2005).

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  • adenosine deaminase
  • adenosine A1 receptor
  • radioligand assay
  • calcium
  • fluorescence
  • diagnosis

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