Molecular cloning of rat G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) from brain tissue, and its mRNA expression in different brain regions and peripheral tissues

Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1997 Oct 3;49(1-2):278-82. doi: 10.1016/s0169-328x(97)00186-1.


The rat G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) cDNA was cloned from rat brain tissue by a combination of reverse-transcription polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR), based on homology to the cloned human GRK6, and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE-PCR). We obtained a clone of 2817 bp with an open reading frame of 1731 bp encoding for a protein of 576 amino acids that is 96.7% identical and 97.9% similar to its human counterpart. mRNA was detectable in all brain areas examined. In addition, GRK6 was expressed in skeletal muscle, small intestine, aorta, liver, heart, lung, thymus, stomach, uterus and kidney.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Female
  • G-Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinases
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Open Reading Frames
  • Organ Specificity
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases*
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • Rats
  • Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / biosynthesis*
  • Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / chemistry*
  • Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • DNA, Complementary
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • G-Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinases
  • G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 6
  • GTP-Binding Proteins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/Y09365