Recent evidence suggests that serine/threonine phosphorylation and internalization of beta2-adrenergic receptors play critical roles in signalling to the mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade. To investigate whether this represents a general mechanism employed by G protein-coupled receptors, we studied the requirement of these processes in the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase by G alpha(q)-coupled bradykinin B2 receptors. Mutant B2 receptors impaired in receptor phosphorylation and internalization are fully capable to activate mitogen-activated protein kinase. Bradykinin-induced long-term effects on mitogenic signalling monitored by measuring the transcriptional activity of Elk1 were identical in cells expressing the wild-type or mutant B2 receptors. Therefore, G protein-coupled bradykinin receptors activate the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway independently of receptor phosphorylation and internalization.