Amy Benians

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Activation of G protein-gated inwardly rectifying K(+) (GIRK) channels, found in the brain, heart, and endocrine tissue, leads to membrane hyperpolarization that generates neuronal inhibitory postsynaptic potentials, slows the heart rate, and inhibits hormone release. During stimulation of G(i/o)-coupled receptors and subsequent channel activation, it has(More)
Regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) proteins modulate signaling through heterotrimeric G-proteins. They act to enhance the intrinsic GTPase activity of the Galpha subunit but paradoxically have also been shown to enhance receptor-stimulated activation. To study this paradox, we used a G-protein gated K+ channel to report the dynamics of the G-protein(More)
Traditionally the consequences of activation of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) by an agonist are studied using biochemical assays. In this study we use live cells and take advantage of a G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying potassium channel (Kir3.1+3.2A) that is activated by the direct binding of Gbetagamma subunit to the channel complex to report, in(More)
Signaling studies in living cells would be greatly facilitated by the development of functional fluorescently tagged G-protein alpha subunits. We have designed G(i/o)alpha subunits fused to the cyan fluorescent protein and assayed their function by studying the following two signal transduction pathways: the regulation of G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying(More)
G protein-gated inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) channels are found in neurones, atrial myocytes, and endocrine cells and are involved in generating late inhibitory postsynaptic potentials, slowing the heart rate and inhibiting hormone release. They are activated by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) via the inhibitory family of G protein, G(i/o), in a(More)
The RGS (regulators of G-protein signalling) protein family sharpen signalling kinetics through heterotrimeric G-proteins by enhancing the GTPase activity of the G-protein alpha subunit. Paradoxically, they also accelerate receptor-stimulated activation. We investigated this paradox using the cloned G-protein gated K(+) channel as a reporter of the(More)
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