Agonist-promoted coupling of the β-adrenergic receptor with the guanine nucleotide regulatory protein of the adenylate cyclase system


Journal Article

Binding of the β-adrenergic agonist [3H]hydroxybenzylisoproterenol to the β-adrenergic receptor of rat reticulocyte membranes results in the coupling of the receptor to the guanine nucleotide regulatory protein associated with the adenylate cyclase system. This regulatory component, referred to as the G-protein, was identified by its specific [32P]-ADP-ribosylation catalyzed by cholera toxin. Incubation of [32P]ADP-ribosylated rat reticulocyte membranes with the [3H]hydroxybenzylisoproterenol agonist prior to membrane solubilization and gel exclusion chromatography resulted in the coelution of the 42,000 M(r) [32P]ADP-ribosylated G-proteins with the agonist-occupied β-adrenergic receptors. The receptor-G-protein complex was not formed when receptors were unoccupied or occupied with antagonists at the time of solubilization. Incubation of rat reticulocyte membranes with [3H]hydroxybenzylisoproterenol in the presence of guanine nucleotides reversed or prevented the formation of this receptor-G-protein complex. These data provide direct evidence for the molecular interactions promoted by agonist occupancy of β-adrenergic receptors. It is probable that the formation of a receptor-G-protein complex is crucial for catecholamine stimulation of the adenylate enzyme and, hence, transmembrane information transfer.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Limbird, LE; Gill, DM; Lefkowitz, RJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 77 / 2 II

Start / End Page

  • 775 - 779

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Citation Source

  • Scopus