Teaching old receptors new tricks: biasing seven-transmembrane receptors.


Journal Article (Review)

Seven-transmembrane receptors (7TMRs; also known as G protein-coupled receptors) are the largest class of receptors in the human genome and are common targets for therapeutics. Originally identified as mediators of 7TMR desensitization, beta-arrestins (arrestin 2 and arrestin 3) are now recognized as true adaptor proteins that transduce signals to multiple effector pathways. Signalling that is mediated by beta-arrestins has distinct biochemical and functional consequences from those mediated by G proteins, and several biased ligands and receptors have been identified that preferentially signal through either G protein- or beta-arrestin-mediated pathways. These ligands are not only useful tools for investigating the biochemistry of 7TMR signalling, they also have the potential to be developed into new classes of therapeutics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rajagopal, S; Rajagopal, K; Lefkowitz, RJ

Published Date

  • May 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 373 - 386

PubMed ID

  • 20431569

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20431569

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1474-1784

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nrd3024


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England