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FEBS Lett. 2003 Jul 3;546(1):65-72.

The 'magic tail' of G protein-coupled receptors: an anchorage for functional protein networks.

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Laboratoire de Génomique Fonctionnelle, UPR CNRS 2580, 141 rue de la Cardonille, 34094 Montpellier Cedex 5, France.


All cell types express a great variety of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that are coupled to only a limited set of G proteins. This disposition favors cross-talk between transduction pathways. However, GPCRs are organized into functional units. They promote specificity and thus avoid unsuitable cross-talk. New methodologies (mostly yeast two-hybrid screens and proteomics) have been used to discover more than 50 GPCR-associated proteins that are involved in building these units. In addition, these protein networks participate in the trafficking, targeting, signaling, fine-tuning and allosteric regulation of GPCRs. To date, proteins that interact with the GPCR C-terminus are the most abundant and are the focus of this review.

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