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Mapping the Putative G Protein-coupled Receptor (GPCR) Docking Site on GPCR Kinase 2: INSIGHTS FROM INTACT CELL PHOSPHORYLATION AND RECRUITMENT ASSAYS.

Beautrait A, Michalski KR, Lopez TS, Mannix KM, McDonald DJ, Cutter AR, Medina CB, Hebert AM, Francis CJ, Bouvier M, Tesmer JJ, Sterne-Marr R

From the Department of Biochemistry and the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec H3C 3J7, Canada.

G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) phosphorylate agonist-occupied receptors initiating the processes of desensitization and β-arrestin-dependent signaling. Interaction of GRKs with activated receptors serves to stimulate their kinase activity. The extreme N-terminal helix (αN), the kinase small lobe, and the active site tether (AST) of the AGC kinase domain have previously been implicated in mediating the allosteric activation. Expanded mutagenesis of the αN and AST allowed us to further assess the role of these two regions in kinase activation and receptor phosphorylation in vitro and in intact cells. We also developed a bioluminescence resonance energy transfer-based assay to monitor the recruitment of GRK2 to activated α2A-adrenergic receptors (α2AARs) in living cells. The bioluminescence resonance energy transfer signal exhibited a biphasic response to norepinephrine concentration, suggesting that GRK2 is recruited to Gβγ and α2AAR with EC50 values of 15 nm and 8 μm, respectively. We show that mutations in αN (L4A, V7E, L8E, V11A, S12A, Y13A, and M17A) and AST (G475I, V477D, and I485A) regions impair or potentiate receptor phosphorylation and/or recruitment. We suggest that a surface of GRK2, including Leu(4), Val(7), Leu(8), Val(11), and Ser(12), directly interacts with receptors, whereas residues such as Asp(10), Tyr(13), Ala(16), Met(17), Gly(475), Val(477), and Ile(485) are more important for kinase domain closure and activation. Taken together with data on GRK1 and GRK6, our data suggest that all three GRK subfamilies make conserved interactions with G protein-coupled receptors, but there may be unique interactions that influence selectivity.

J. Biol. Chem. 2014;289(36):25262-75.

Pubmed ID: 25049229

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