Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of a complex between G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 and Gbeta1gamma2.
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G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) phosphorylates activated G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which ultimately leads to their desensitization and/or downregulation. The enzyme is recruited to the plasma membrane via the interaction of its carboxyl-terminal pleckstrin-homology (PH) domain with the beta and gamma subunits of heterotrimeric G proteins (Gbetagamma). An improved purification scheme for GRK2 has been developed, conditions under which GRK2 forms a complex with Gbeta(1)gamma(2) have been determined and the complex has been crystallized in CHAPS detergent micelles. Crystals of the GRK2-Gbetagamma complex belong to space group C2 and have unit-cell parameters a = 187.0, b = 72.1, c = 122.0 A, beta = 115.2 degrees. A complete data set has been collected to 3.2 A resolution with Cu Kalpha radiation.
Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases
Heterotrimeric GTP-Binding Proteins
beta-Adrenergic Receptor Kinases
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James B. Duke Professor of Medicine
The focus of work in this laboratory is on the elucidation of the molecular properties and regulatory mechanisms controlling the function of G protein-coupled receptors. As model systems we utilize the so called adrenergic receptors for adrenaline and related molecules. The goal is to learn the general principles of signal transduction from the outside to the inside of the cell which are involved in systems as diverse as sensory perception, neuro- transmitter and hormonal signaling. Stud
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