Dopamine Receptors

Dopamine is the major catecholamine neurotransmitter present in the mammalian brain where it is responsible for a variety of functions, including locomotion, neuroendocrine secretion, cognition and emotion. Dopamine also plays a role in the periphery where it regulates a range of other processes, including catecholamine release, hormone secretion, and gastrointestinal motility.

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Receptor Data

The application of molecular cloning techniques to the study of dopamine receptors has expanded the classical dopamine D1/D2 classification scheme to include five dopamine receptor subtypes. These may be divided into D1-like (D1 and D5) and D2-like (D2, D3 and D4 receptors) based on their predicted transmembrane topologies, and functional and pharmacological properties. Dysregulation of dopamine transmission causes a variety of conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome, schizophrenia and hyperprolactemia.

Literature for Dopamine Receptors

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Dopamine Receptors Scientific Review

Dopamine Receptors Scientific Review

Written by Phillip Strange and revised by Kim Neve in 2013, this review summarizes the history of the dopamine receptors and provides an overview of individual receptor subtype properties, their distribution and identifies ligands which act at each receptor subtype. Compounds available from Tocris are listed.

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Parkinson's Poster

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Schizophrenia Poster

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Schizophrenia is a debilitating psychiatric disorder that affects 1% of the worldwide population. This poster describes the neurobiology of Schizophrenia, as well as highlighting the genetic and environmental factors that play a fundamental role in the etiology of the disease. The current and emerging drug targets are also discussed.

Dopamine Receptor Data

Receptor Subtype D1-like Receptors D2-like Receptors
D1 D5 D2 D3 D4
G protein Gs Gs Gi/o Gi/o Gi/o
Transduction Mechanism ↑ AC, ↑ PLC, ↑ L-type Ca2+ channels ↑ AC ↓ AC, ↑ [Ca2+]i, K+ conductance, ↓ Ca2+ conductance ↓ AC, activation of MAP kinase ↓ AC, ↓ Ca2+ conductance
Localization Caudate, putamen, nucleus accumbens, olfactory tubercle Hippocampus, hypothalamus Caudate, putamen, nucleus accumbens, olfactory tubercle Nucleus accumbens, olfactory tubercle, islands of Calleja Frontal cortex, midbrain, amygdala, cardiovascular system
Likely Physiological Roles Locomotion, reward, reinforcement, learning and memory, renin secretion Learning and memory Locomotion, reward, reinforcement, learning and memory Locomotion, possible role in cognition and emotion Mostly unknown - possible role in cognition and emotion, hypertension

Key Compounds Ki Values (nM)
D1-like Agonists SKF 38393 (0922)
SKF 83822 (2075)
~ 0.5
~ 150
~ 5000
~ 1000
D1-like Antagonists SCH 23390 (0925) ~ 0.2 0.3 ~ 1100 ~ 800 ~ 3000
D2-like Agonists Bromocriptine (0427)
7-HydroxyDPAT (0706)
Cabergoline (2664)
~ 440
~ 5000
~ 450
~ 8
~ 5
~ 1
~ 290
D2-like Antagonists Clozapine (0444)
Haloperidol (0931)
Nemonapride (1746)
NGB 2904 (2635)
Raclopride (1810)
Remoxipride (0916)
Spiperone (0995)
(S)-(-)-Sulpride (0895)
~ 170
~ 80
> 10000
~ 350
~ 45000
~ 330
~ 100
~ 3500
~ 230
~ 300
~ 15
~ 170
~ 7
> 5000
~ 1600
~ 13
> 10000
~ 2800

All Ki values for agonists were determined at the high-affinity state for all receptors, except for D3 receptors.


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