J Biol Chem 2000 Oct;275(40):31311-7
Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Institut de Recherches Servier, 78290 Croissy-sur-Seine, France.
The regulation of the circadian rhythm is relayed from the central nervous system to the periphery by melatonin, a hormone synthesized at night in the pineal gland. Besides two melatonin G-coupled receptors, mt(1) and MT(2), the existence of a novel putative melatonin receptor, MT(3), was hypothesized from the observation of a binding site in both central and peripheral hamster tissues with an original binding profile and a very rapid kinetics of ligand exchange compared with mt(1) and MT(2). In this report, we present the purification of MT(3) from Syrian hamster kidney and its identification as the hamster homologue of the human quinone reductase 2 (QR(2), EC ). Read More