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Int J Mol Med. 2000 Apr;5(4):335-40.

RGS domain in the amino-terminus of G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 inhibits Gq-mediated signaling.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Chiba University Graduate, School of Medicine, Chuo-ku, Chiba 260-8670, Japan.


We have previously shown that not only G protein-coupled receptor kinase (GRK) 2, but also a catalytically inactive Lys220Trp GRK2 decreases endothelin (ET)-1-induced inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) formation, and demonstrated the presence of phosphorylation-independent desensitization mechanism. To clarify the role of GRK2 other than that as a kinase, we characterized an RGS (regulator of G protein signaling)-like domain in the amino-terminus of GRK2. Both GRK2(1-181) and GRK2(54-174) suppressed Ca2+ responses induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) and ET-1, and bound directly with Galphaq but not Galphas nor Galphai3 in the presence of GDP and AlF4-. These results demonstrate that GRK2 regulates Gq-mediated signaling negatively by direct interaction between its RGS domain and the transitional state of Galphaq, as well as through phosphorylation of activated receptors by its kinase domain.

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