Trace amine associated receptor family (IPR009132)

Short name: TAAR_fam

Family relationships


Trace amines, such as tyramine, beta-phenylethylamine, tryptamine and octopamine are biogenic amines present in trace levels in mammalian nervous systems [PMID: 17088868]. Although some "trace amines" have clearly defined roles as neurotransmitters in invertebrates, the extent to which they function as true neurotransmitters in vertebrates has remained speculative [PMID: 11459929]. Recently, a novel family of G protein-coupled receptors that share sequence similarity with the classical amine receptors has been discovered [PMID: 15718104]. These trace amine associated receptors (TAAR), also known as trace amine receptors (TAR or TA), are members of the rhodopsin-like G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) family [PMID: 11459929, PMID: 19325074]. Some members have been shown to act as receptors for tyramine and beta-phenylethylamine, supporting a role for trace amines as neurotransmitters in vertebrates [PMID: 11459929]. However, not all members have a high affinity for trace amines, some for example are olfactory receptors, which is why they are classified as trace amine associated receptors [PMID: 15718104].

Since trace amine associated receptors are putative endogenous receptors for trace amines, they are of interest the pharmaceutical industry, since they are metabolic derivatives of classical biogenic amines and the psychostimulants amphetamine and methamphetamine [PMID: 11723224, PMID: 15860375, PMID: 16451074]. Trace amine-associated receptors are found in a range of taxa, but not all the members are found in all taxa [PMID: 19237578, PMID: 15891052, PMID: 14559210, PMID: 19325074] and act as different types of receptor. In mammals, for example, TAAR1 is probably a receptor for thyronamines, decarboxylated and deiodinated metabolites of the thyroid hormones [PMID: 15146179] whilst in mouse TAAR2 to TAAR9 receptors are most probably olfactory receptors for volatile amines [PMID: 16878137, PMID: 19686131].

This entry represents the trace amine associated receptor family.

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0007186 G-protein coupled receptor signaling pathway

Molecular Function

GO:0001594 trace-amine receptor activity

Cellular Component

GO:0016021 integral component of membrane

Contributing signatures

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