Desensitization, internalization, and signaling functions of beta-arrestins demonstrated by RNA interference.
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Beta-arrestins bind to activated G protein-coupled receptor kinase-phosphorylated receptors, which leads to their desensitization with respect to G proteins, internalization via clathrin-coated pits, and signaling via a growing list of "scaffolded" pathways. To facilitate the discovery of novel adaptor and signaling roles of beta-arrestins, we have developed and validated a generally applicable interfering RNA approach for selectively suppressing beta-arrestins 1 or 2 expression by up to 95%. Beta-arrestin depletion in HEK293 cells leads to enhanced cAMP generation in response to beta(2)-adrenergic receptor stimulation, markedly reduced beta(2)-adrenergic receptor and angiotensin II receptor internalization and impaired activation of the MAP kinases ERK 1 and 2 by angiotensin II. This approach should allow discovery of novel signaling and regulatory roles for the beta-arrestins in many seven-membrane-spanning receptor systems.
Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 1
Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3
Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
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RNA, Small Interfering
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1073/pnas.262789099
Publication InfoAhn, Seungkirl; Nelson, Christopher D; Garrison, Tiffany Runyan; Miller, William E; & Lefkowitz, Robert J (2003). Desensitization, internalization, and signaling functions of beta-arrestins demonstrated by RNA interference. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 100(4). pp. 1740-1744. 10.1073/pnas.262789099. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/7800.
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Robert J. Lefkowitz
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Dr. Lefkowitz’s memoir, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm, recounts his early career as a cardiologist and his transition to biochemistry, which led to his Nobel Prize win. Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D. is James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. He has been an Investigator of the
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