Dopamine transporter transmembrane domain polar mutants: δG and δδG values implicate regions important for transporter functions

Masanari Itokawa, Zhicheng Lin, Ning Sheng Cai, Cindy Wu, Shigeo Kitayama, Jia Bei Wang, George R. Uhl

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Polar residues in dopamine transporter (DAT) transmembrane domains (TMs) are likely to act individually and even interactively in recognizing cocaine and dopamine. We initially evaluated the effects of alanine substitution mutants that remove the polar side chains from residues in each of the 12 putative DAT TMs on the recognition of dopamine and the cocaine analog CFT. Eleven combination mutants with multiple substitutions in DAT TMs 4, 5, 7, or 11 were then selected as candidates for more detailed evaluation based on mutation effects on dopamine and cocaine analog affinities. An evaluation of Gibbs free energy changes displayed by single and combined TM mutants (ΔG°and ΔΔG°(int)) reveals three categories of potential interactions among mutants: 1) independent, noncooperative interactions (five influenced CFT and two influenced dopamine affinities). 2) synergistic influences (two for CFT and four for dopamine), and 3) complementation of influences on CFT recognition (four mutants) or on dopamine affinity (five). Combined mutations in TMs 4 and 5 yield the largest ΔΔG°(int) values for dopamine uptake. TMs 4 and 11 mutants provide the largest ΔΔG°(int) for CFT binding. Interactions between residues lying in DAT TMs 4 and 5 support current DAT structural models that suggest the juxtaposition of these two TMs. These data also support contributions of TM 4 and 11 residues to a polar pocket important for cocaine recognition. These candidate interactive DAT polar domains provide larger target sites for compounds that could modulate specific DAT functions than those provided by single mutations alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1103
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Pharmacology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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