Cytoskeletal regulation of chemotactic receptors: molecular complexation of N-formyl peptide receptors with G proteins and actin

Eur J Haematol. 1993 Nov;51(5):288-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0609.1993.tb01610.x.


Signal transduction via receptors for N-formylmethionyl peptide chemoattractants (FPR) on human neutrophils is a highly regulated process. It involves direct interaction of receptors with heterotrimeric G-proteins and may be under the control of cytoskeletal elements. Evidence exists suggesting that the cytoskeleton and/or the membrane skeleton determines the distribution of FPR in the plane of the plasma membrane, thus controlling FPR accessibility to different proteins in functionally distinct membrane domains. In desensitized cells, FPR are restricted to domains which are depleted of G proteins but enriched in cytoskeletal proteins such as actin and fodrin. Thus, the G protein signal transduction partners of FPR become inaccessible to the agonist-occupied receptor, preventing cell activation. We are investigating the molecular basis for the interaction of FPR with the membrane skeleton, and our results suggest that FPR, and possibly other receptors, may directly bind to cytoskeletal proteins such as actin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cytoskeleton / physiology*
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Receptors, Formyl Peptide
  • Receptors, Immunologic / chemistry
  • Receptors, Immunologic / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Peptide / chemistry
  • Receptors, Peptide / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction


  • Actins
  • Receptors, Formyl Peptide
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • Receptors, Peptide
  • GTP-Binding Proteins