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J Biol Chem. 1995 Oct 20;270(42):24782-9.

Role of phosphorylation in agonist-promoted beta 2-adrenergic receptor sequestration. Rescue of a sequestration-defective mutant receptor by beta ARK1.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laboratories, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA.


The beta 2-adrenergic receptor (beta 2AR) belongs to the large family of G protein-coupled receptors. Mutation of tyrosine residue 326 to an alanine resulted in a beta 2AR mutant (beta 2AR-Y326A) that was defective in its ability to sequester and was less well coupled to adenylyl cyclase than the wild-type beta 2AR. However, this mutant receptor not only desensitized in response to agonist stimulation but down-regulated normally. In an attempt to understand the basis for the properties of this mutant, we have examined the ability of this regulation-defective mutant to undergo agonist-mediated phosphorylation. When expressed in 293 cells, the maximal response for phosphorylation of the beta 2AR-Y326A mutant was impaired by 75%. Further characterization of this phosphorylation, using either forskolin stimulation or phosphorylation site-deficient beta 2AR-Y326A mutants, demonstrated that the beta 2AR-Y326A mutant can be phosphorylated by cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) but does not serve as a substrate for the beta-adrenergic receptor kinase 1 (beta ARK1). However, overexpression of beta ARK1 led to the agonist-dependent phosphorylation of the beta 2AR-Y326A mutant and rescue of its sequestration. beta ARK1-mediated rescue of beta 2AR-Y326A sequestration could be prevented by mutating putative beta ARK phosphorylation sites, but not PKA phosphorylation sites. In addition, both sequestration and phosphorylation of the wild-type beta 2AR could be attenuated by overexpressing a dominant-negative mutant of beta ARK1 (C20 beta ARK1-K220M). These findings implicate a role for beta ARK1-mediated phosphorylation in facilitating wild-type beta 2AR sequestration.

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