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J Biol Chem. 2001 Nov 2;276(44):41310-7. Epub 2001 Aug 28.

beta 1-adrenergic receptor association with the synaptic scaffolding protein membrane-associated guanylate kinase inverted-2 (MAGI-2). Differential regulation of receptor internalization by MAGI-2 and PSD-95.

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Department of Pharmacology, Rollins Research Center, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.


The beta1-adrenergic receptor (beta1AR) is known to be localized to synapses and to modulate synaptic plasticity in many brain regions, but the molecular mechanisms determining beta1AR subcellular localization are not fully understood. Using overlay and pull-down techniques, we found that the beta1AR carboxyl terminus associates with MAGI-2 (membrane-associated guanylate kinase inverted-2), a protein also known as S-SCAM (synaptic scaffolding molecule). MAGI-2 is a multidomain scaffolding protein that contains nine potential protein-protein interaction modules, including 6 PDZ domains, 2 WW domains, and a guanylate kinase-like domain. The beta1AR carboxyl terminus binds with high affinity to the first PDZ domain of MAGI-2, with the last few amino acids of the beta1AR carboxyl terminus being the key determinants of the interaction. In cells, the association of full-length beta1AR with MAGI-2 occurs constitutively and is enhanced by agonist stimulation of the receptor, as assessed by both co-immunoprecipitation experiments and immunofluorescence co-localization studies. Agonist-induced internalization of the beta1AR is markedly increased by co-expression with MAGI-2. Strikingly, this result is the opposite of the effect of co-expression with PSD-95, a previously reported binding partner of the beta1AR. Further cellular experiments revealed that MAGI-2 has no effect on beta1AR oligomerization but does promote association of beta1AR with the cytoplasmic signaling protein beta-catenin, a known MAGI-2 binding partner. These data reveal that MAGI-2 is a specific beta1AR binding partner that modulates beta1AR function and facilitates the physical association of the beta1AR with intracellular proteins involved in signal transduction and synaptic regulation.

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