Physiologic and cardiac roles of beta-arrestins.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Beta-arrestin1 and beta-arrestin2 were initially identified by sequence homology to visual arrestins and by their ability to bind to and inactivate signaling of the beta-2-adrenergic receptor in a process known as desensitization. While the role of beta-arrestins in desensitization has been known for some time, more recent evidence has revealed that beta-arrestins are multifunctional scaffolding proteins that are involved in numerous aspects of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling. Interestingly, exciting new data shows that beta-arrestins can mediate signaling in their own right independent of classical second messenger mediated signaling, and that this beta-arrestin-mediated signaling may be cardioprotective. Identifying novel ligands for GPCRs that can block G protein-mediated signaling while simultaneously promoting beta-arrestin-mediated signaling could provide powerful new therapies for cardiac disease.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Patel, PA; Tilley, DG; Rockman, HA

Published Date

  • March 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 300 - 308

PubMed ID

  • 19103204

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8584

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2008.11.015


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England