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Science. 1998 Oct 2;282(5386):117-21.

Role for the target enzyme in deactivation of photoreceptor G protein in vivo.

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Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Abstract

Heterotrimeric guanosine 5'-triphosphate (GTP)-binding proteins (G proteins) are deactivated by hydrolysis of the GTP that they bind when activated by transmembrane receptors. Transducin, the G protein that relays visual excitation from rhodopsin to the cyclic guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate phosphodiesterase (PDE) in retinal photoreceptors, must be deactivated for the light response to recover. A point mutation in the gamma subunit of PDE impaired transducin-PDE interactions and slowed the recovery rate of the flash response in transgenic mouse rods. These results indicate that the normal deactivation of transducin in vivo requires the G protein to interact with its target enzyme.

PMID:
9756475
DOI:
10.1126/science.282.5386.117
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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