N-linked glycosylation of the human bradykinin B2 receptor is required for optimal cell-surface expression and coupling

Biol Chem. 2004 Jan;385(1):49-57. doi: 10.1515/BC.2004.007.


To investigate the glycosylation of the human bradykinin B2 receptor and the functional significance of this modification, we studied receptors mutated at single or multiple combinations of the three potential N-linked glycosylation sites, asparagines N3, N12 and N180, in COS-7, HEK 293 and CHO-K1 cells. Western blot experiments demonstrated that all three extracellular asparagines are glycosylated. The kinetics of bradykinin binding and receptor sequestration remained unchanged after glycosylation had been suppressed. However, the glycosylated receptors were expressed at the cell-surface to a much greater extent than the non-glycosylated receptor and coupling to phospholipase C was less efficient for receptor lacking N-terminal glycosylation. These results indicate that, for the human bradykinin B2 receptor, glycosylation is not required for optimal ligand binding, but plays an important role in cell-surface addressing and receptor function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • CHO Cells
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cricetinae
  • Glycosylation
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Ligands
  • Receptor, Bradykinin B2 / genetics
  • Receptor, Bradykinin B2 / metabolism*
  • Recombinant Proteins / genetics


  • Ligands
  • Receptor, Bradykinin B2
  • Recombinant Proteins