Functional differences in the beta gamma complexes of transducin and the inhibitory guanine nucleotide regulatory protein.

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We have examined the mechanism of inhibition of adenylate cyclase using the purified alpha and beta gamma subunits of bovine brain inhibitory guanine nucleotide regulatory protein (Ni) (i.e., alpha i and beta gamma N) and bovine retinal transducin (alpha T and beta gamma T) in reconstituted phospholipid vesicle systems. The addition of beta gamma N or beta gamma T to lipid vesicles containing the pure stimulatory guanine nucleotide regulatory protein (Ns) from human erythrocytes as well as a resolved preparation of the catalytic moiety (C) of bovine caudate adenylate cyclase results in significant inhibition of guanine nucleotide stimulated cyclase activity (80-90%). The inhibition by these beta gamma subunit complexes appears to fully account for the inhibitory effects observed with holo-Ni or holotransducin. A variety of structure-function comparisons of the beta gamma N and beta gamma T complexes were performed in order to further probe the molecular mechanisms involved in the inhibitory pathway. Whereas the beta subunits of beta gamma N and beta gamma T appear to be very similar, if not identical, on the basis of comparisons of their gel electrophoretic mobility and immunological cross-reactivity, clear differences exist in the apparent structures of gamma N and gamma T. Interestingly, functional differences are observed in the effectiveness of these two beta gamma complexes to inhibit adenylate cyclase activity. Specifically, while both beta gamma N and beta gamma T are capable of effecting significant levels of inhibition of the guanine nucleotide stimulated activities, the beta gamma N complex is consistently more potent than beta gamma T in inhibiting these activities.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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Cited Authors

  • Cerione, RA; Gierschik, P; Staniszewski, C; Benovic, JL; Codina, J; Somers, R; Birnbaumer, L; Spiegel, AM; Lefkowitz, RJ; Caron, MG

Published Date

  • March 10, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1485 - 1491

PubMed ID

  • 3032251

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-2960

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/bi00379a041


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States