Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Robert M. Dores, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Cynthia V. Fukami

Third Advisor

Joseph Angleson

Fourth Advisor

Scott Barbee


ACTH, Adrenocorticotropic hormone, Activation, CHO-K1, MC2R, Melanocortin 2 receptor, Melanocortin, Silurana Tropicalis


Melanocortin receptor ligand selectivity has been a question not easily answered. The inability to functionally express melanocortin 2 receptor (MC2R) has inhibited the study of why MC2R is only stimulated by ACTH, a melanocortin hormone. With the recent discovery of the MC2R accessory protein (MRAP), creating a heterologous system is now feasible. Using a general cell line like CHO-K1 cells, which do not express endogenous MCRs, we were able to create a heterologous expression system and test the selectivity of MC2R using analog variants of ACTH(1-24). Our results indicate an amino acid requirement in the C-terminal portion of ACTH(1-24) for activation, which supports the 2-step method of activation hypothesized for MC2R. This site, the tetra basic cleavage site, when altered does not stimulate cAMP production and does not compete with ACTH(1-24) for binding. We also demonstrate the potential for a non-mammalian MC2R system in cloning full length Silurana tropicalis MC2R and completed localization studies with this system with MRAP using CHO-K1 cells.

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Rights Holder

Kristopher D. Veo


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

78 p.


Molecular Biology