Selectivity of beta-adrenergic receptor kinase 2 for G protein betagamma subunits

FEBS Lett. 1997 Jan 13;401(1):25-9. doi: 10.1016/s0014-5793(96)01424-x.


Phosphorylation of G protein-coupled receptors by beta-adrenergic receptor kinases (betaARK) requires the presence of G protein betagamma subunits. We have investigated the ability of the two betaARK isoforms to distinguish between defined recombinant betagamma subunits. betaARK2 had an about 25% lower specific activity than betaARK1 towards rhodopsin and the beta2-adrenergic receptor but the two kinases shared the selectivity for betagamma subunits: betagamma complexes consisting of beta1 or beta2 in combination with gamma2, gamma5, and gamma7 were more efficacious than those with gamma3 or beta1 gamma1. Thus, while betaARKs differentiate between defined betagamma subunits, betagamma complexes do not discriminate between betaARK isoforms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

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  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism*
  • Phosphorylation
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Rhodopsin / metabolism
  • Substrate Specificity
  • beta-Adrenergic Receptor Kinases


  • Isoenzymes
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Rhodopsin
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • beta-Adrenergic Receptor Kinases
  • GTP-Binding Proteins