GRM7 Membrane Protein Introduction

Introduction of GRM7

GRM7 (mGluR7) is one of the group III metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) that are coupled predominantly to Gi/o proteins. They are family C G-protein coupled receptors that are generally characterized by the presence of a large extracellular domain that contains the endogenous ligand-binding site. Different splice variants of GRM7 exist due to alternative splicing. This receptor exhibits a wide distribution throughout the entire brain and is highly localized to the active zones of synapses. Moreover, they have displayed an extremely low affinity for glutamate and only become active when glutamate levels are very high. It modulates excitatory neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity by inhibiting neurotransmitter release.

Basic Information of GRM7
Protein Name Metabotropic glutamate receptor 7
Gene Name GRM7
Organism Homo sapiens (Human)
UniProt ID Q14831
Transmembrane Times 7
Length (aa) 915

Functions of GRM7 Membrane Protein

The functions of GRM7 have not been completely understood. However, because the GRM7 receptors are expressed mainly in brain regions implicated in emotional learning and working memory, studies have revealed a role of this receptor in different neurocognitive and psychopathological behavioral phenomena. Firstly, GRM7 knockout mice have shown an epileptic phenotype and abnormalities in learning tasks. Secondly, GRM7 may play a critical role in mediating amygdala-dependent learning. Moreover, studies have suggested a role of this receptor in CNS disorders such as anxiety and depression. Agonists, antagonists, and negative allosteric modulators have been developed targeting GRM7 for therapeutic purposes. For instance, the GRM7 allosteric agonist AMN082 has been found to improve haloperidol-induced catalepsy and reserpine-induced akinesia in the rat.

GRM7 Membrane Protein Introduction

Applications of GRM7 Membrane Protein in Literature

  1. Choi J. H., et al. Regulation of mGluR7 trafficking by SUMOylation in neurons. Neuropharmacology. 2016, 102: 229-235. PubMed ID: 26631532

    This article investigated the SUMO conjugation of mGluR7 and found that SUMOylation of mGluR7 at Lys889 was required for its stable surface expression in neurons.

  2. Bradley S. R., et al. The mGluR7 allosteric agonist AMN082 produces antidepressant-like effects by modulating glutamatergic signaling. Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior. 2012, 101(1): 35-40. PubMed ID: 22138407

    This article investigated the effect of mGluR7 allosteric agonist AMN082 on depression-like behaviors and the mechanisms for mediating it. The results confirmed the hypothesis that mGluR7 could represent a novel target for treating depression.

  3. Wang W. Y., et al. Beta-arrestin1 and 2 differently modulate metabotropic glutamate receptor 7 signaling in rat developmental sevoflurane-induced neuronal apoptosis. Neuroscience. 2016, 313: 199-212. PubMed ID: 26621121

    This article demonstrated that activation of mGluR7 with a group III mGluRsorthosteric agonist LAP4 or a mGluR7 allosteric agonist AMN082 significantly attenuated sevoflurane-induced neuronal apoptosis. Moreover, β-arr1 and 2 may differently modulate mGluR7 signaling in developmental sevoflurane neurotoxicity.

  4. Li W., et al. Significant association of GRM7 and GRM8 genes with schizophrenia and major depressive disorder in the Han Chinese population. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016, 26(1): 136-146. PubMed ID: 26655190

    This study demonstrated the genetic association of GRM7 and GRM8 with schizophrenia and major depressive disorders in the Han Chinese population.

  5. Marabese I., et al. Metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 7 in the dorsal striatum oppositely modulates pain in sham and neuropathic rats. Neuropharmacology. 2018, 135: 86-99. PubMed ID: 29505788

    The study investigated the role of mGluR7 in pain signaling in the dorsal striatum of neuropathic rats and the mechanisms. The results showed that the effect of mGluR7 in pain signaling may be resulting from the recruitment of different pathways of the basal ganglia.

GRM7 Preparation Options

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