Protochordate Receptors

Cross references:    Early Behavior       

The repertoire of G protein-coupled receptors ... (PubMed)$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed 
    "The genome of the protochordate Ciona intestinalis has a compact size with an ancestral complement of many diversified gene families of vertebrates and is a good model system for studying protochordate to vertebrate diversification. ... We have identified 169 gene products in the Ciona genome that code for putative GPCRs. Phylogenetic analyses reveal that Ciona GPCRs have homologous representatives from the five major GRAFS (Glutamate, Rhodopsin, Adhesion, Frizzled and Secretin) families concomitant with other vertebrate GPCR repertoires. Nearly 39% of Ciona GPCRs have unambiguous orthologs of vertebrate GPCR families, as defined for the human, mouse, puffer fish and chicken genomes. ... Our studies suggest that the ascidians contain the basic ancestral complement of vertebrate GPCR genes.