Deconvoluting the molecular control of binding and signaling at the amylin 3 receptor: RAMP3 alters signal propagation through extracellular loops of the calcitonin receptor

Vi Pham, Yue Zhu, Emma Dal Maso, Christopher A. Reynolds, Giuseppe Deganutti, Silvia Atanasio, Caroline A. Hick, Dehua Yang, Arthur Christopoulos, Debbie L. Hay, Sebastian G.B. Furness, Ming Wei Wang, Denise Wootten, Patrick M. Sexton

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Amylin is coexpressed with insulin in pancreatic islet β-cells and has potent effects on gastric emptying and food intake. The effect of amylin on satiation has been postulated to involve AMY3 receptors (AMY3R) that are heteromers of the calcitonin receptor (CTR) and receptor activity-modifying protein 3 (RAMP3). Understanding the molecular control of signaling through the AMY3R is thus important for peptide drug targeting of this receptor. We have previously used alanine scanning mutagenesis to study the contribution of the extracellular surface of the CTR to binding and signaling initiated by calcitonin (CT) and related peptides (Dal Maso, E., et al. (2019) The molecular control of calcitonin receptor signaling. ACS Pharmacol. Transl. Sci. 2, 31-51). That work revealed ligand- and pathway-specific effects of mutation, with extracellular loops (ECLs) 2 and 3 particularly important in the distinct propagation of signaling mediated by individual peptides. In the current study, we have used equivalent alanine scanning of ECL2 and ECL3 of the CTR in the context of coexpression with RAMP3 to form AMY3Rs, to examine functional affinity and efficacy of peptides in cAMP accumulation and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation (pERK). The effect of mutation was determined on representatives of the three major distinct classes of CT peptide, salmon CT (sCT), human CT (hCT), and porcine CT (pCT), as well as rat amylin (rAmy) or human α-CGRP (calcitonin gene-related peptide, hCGRP) whose potency is enhanced by RAMP interaction. We demonstrate that the dynamic nature of CTR ECL2 and ECL3 in propagation of signaling is fundamentally altered when complexed with RAMP3 to form the AMY3R, despite only having predicted direct interactions with ECL2. Moreover, the work shows that the role of these loops in receptor signaling is highly peptide dependent, illustrating that even subtle changes to peptide sequence may change signaling output downstream of the receptor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-197
Number of pages15
JournalACS Pharmacology and Translational Science
Issue number3
Early online date18 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • amylin receptor
  • calcitonin receptor
  • cell signaling
  • G protein-coupled receptor
  • receptor activity-modifying protein
  • receptor structure-function

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  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology


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