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Published February 4, 2000 | Published
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Co-expression of Gbeta 5 Enhances the Function of Two Ggamma Subunit-like Domain-containing Regulators of G Protein Signaling Proteins


Regulators of G protein signaling (RGS) stimulate the GTPase activity of G protein Galpha subunits and probably play additional roles. Some RGS proteins contain a Ggamma subunit-like (GGL) domain, which mediates a specific interaction with Gbeta 5. The role of such interactions in RGS function is unclear. RGS proteins can accelerate the kinetics of coupling of G protein-coupled receptors to G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ (GIRK) channels. Therefore, we coupled m2-muscarinic acetylcholine receptors to GIRK channels in Xenopus oocytes to evaluate the effect of Gbeta 5 on RGS function. Co-expression of either RGS7 or RGS9 modestly accelerated GIRK channel kinetics. When Gbeta 5 was co-expressed with either RGS7 or RGS9, the acceleration of GIRK channel kinetics was strongly increased over that produced by RGS7 or RGS9 alone. RGS function was not enhanced by co-expression of Gbeta 1, and co-expression of Gbeta 5 alone had no effect on GIRK channel kinetics. Gbeta 5 did not modulate the function either of RGS4, an RGS protein that lacks a GGL domain, or of a functional RGS7 construct in which the GGL domain was omitted. Enhancement of RGS7 function by Gbeta 5 was not a consequence of an increase in the amount of plasma membrane or cytosolic RGS7 protein.

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© 2000 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. (Received for publication, August 5, 1999, and in revised form, October 21, 1999) The costs of publication of this article were defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. The article must therefore be hereby marked "advertisement" in accordance with 18 U.S.C. Section 1734 solely to indicate this fact.

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