Noncatalytic domains of RGS9-1.Gbeta 5L play a decisive role in establishing its substrate specificity.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The complex between the photoreceptor-specific regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) protein, RGS9-1, and type 5 G protein beta-subunit, Gbeta5L, regulates the duration of the cellular response to light by stimulating the GTPase activity of G protein, transducin. An important property of RGS9-1.Gbeta5L is that it interacts specifically with transducin bound to its effector, cGMP phosphodiesterase, rather than with transducin alone. The minimal structure within the RGS9-1.Gbeta5L complex capable of activating transducin GTPase is the catalytic domain of RGS9. This domain itself is also able to discriminate between free and effector-bound transducin but to a lesser degree than RGS9-1.Gbeta5L. The goal of this study was to determine whether other, noncatalytic domains of RGS9-1.Gbeta5L enhance the intrinsic specificity of the catalytic domain or whether they set the specificity of RGS9-1.Gbeta5L regardless of the specificity of its catalytic domain. We found that a double L353E/R360P amino acid substitution reversed the specificity of the recombinant catalytic domain but did not reverse the specificity of RGS9-1.Gbeta5L. However, the degree of discrimination between free and effector-bound transducin was reduced. Therefore, noncatalytic domains of RGS9-1.Gbeta5L play a decisive role in establishing its substrate specificity, yet the high degree of this specificity observed under physiological conditions requires an additional contribution from the catalytic domain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Martemyanov, KA; Arshavsky, VY

Published Date

  • September 6, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 277 / 36

Start / End Page

  • 32843 - 32848

PubMed ID

  • 12093815

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M205170200


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States