New fluorescent adenosine A1-receptor agonists that allow quantification of ligand-receptor interactions in microdomains of single living cells

Richard J. Middleton, Stephen J. Briddon, Yolande Cordeaux, Andrew S. Yates, Clare L. Dale, Michael W. George, Julian G. Baker, Stephen J. Hill, Barrie Kellam

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Abstract

Fluorescence spectroscopy is becoming a valuable addition to the array of techniques available for scrutinizing ligand-receptor interactions in biological systems. In particular, scanning confocal microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) allow the noninvasive imaging and quantification of these interactions in single living cells. To address the emerging need for fluorescently labeled ligands to support these technologies, we have developed a series of red-emitting agonists for the human adenosine A1-receptor that, collectively, are N6-aminoalkyl derivatives of adenosine or adenosine 5′-N-ethyl carboxamide. The agonists, which incorporate the commercially available fluorophore BODIPY [630/650], retain potent and efficacious agonist activity, as demonstrated by their ability to inhibit cAMP accumulation in chinese hamster ovary cells expressing the human adenosine A1-receptor. Visualization and confirmation of ligand-receptor interactions at the cell membrane were accomplished using confocal microscopy, and their suitability for use in FCS was demonstrated by quantification of agonist binding in small areas of cell membrane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-793
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery

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