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Identification of a novel member of the T1R family of putative taste receptors

Sainz, Eduardo; Korley, Julius N.; Battey, James F.; Sullivan, Susan L.

In the gustatory system, the recognition of sugars, amino acids and bitter-tasting compounds is the function of specialized G protein-coupled receptors. Recently, two members of novel subfamily of G protein-coupled receptors were proposed to function as taste receptors based on their specific expression in taste receptor cells. Here, we report the identification of a third member, T1R3, of this family of receptors. T1R3 maps near the telomere of mouse chromosome 4 rendering it a candidate for the Sac locus, a primary determinant of sweet preference in mice. Consistent with its candidacy for the Sac locus, T1R3 displays taste receptor cell-specific expression. In addition, taster and non-taster strains of mouse harbor different alleles of T1R3.

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