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Emerging Paradigm of Intracellular Targeting of G Protein-Coupled Receptors.

Chaturvedi M, Schilling J, Beautrait A, Bouvier M, Benovic JL, Shukla AK

Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 208016, India.

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) recognize a diverse array of extracellular stimuli, and they mediate a broad repertoire of signaling events involved in human physiology. Although the major effort on targeting GPCRs has typically been focused on their extracellular surface, a series of recent developments now unfold the possibility of targeting them from the intracellular side as well. Allosteric modulators binding to the cytoplasmic surface of GPCRs have now been described, and their structural mechanisms are elucidated by high-resolution crystal structures. Furthermore, pepducins, aptamers, and intrabodies targeting the intracellular face of GPCRs have also been successfully utilized to modulate receptor signaling. Moreover, small molecule compounds, aptamers, and synthetic intrabodies targeting β-arrestins have also been discovered to modulate GPCR endocytosis and signaling. Here, we discuss the emerging paradigm of intracellular targeting of GPCRs, and outline the current challenges, potential opportunities, and future outlook in this particular area of GPCR biology.

Trends Biochem. Sci. 2018;43(7):533-546.

Pubmed ID: 29735399

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