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GRK2 is a ubiquitous member of the G protein-coupled receptor kinase (GRK) family that appears to play a central, integrative role in signal transduction cascades. GRKs participate together with arrestins in the regulation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR), a family of hundreds of membrane proteins of key physiological and pharmacological importance, by(More)
The effects of opiate drugs (heroin, morphine, and methadone) on the levels of G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) were studied in rat and human brain frontal cortices. The density of brain GRK2 was measured by immunoblot assays in acute and chronic opiate-treated rats as well as in opiate-dependent rats after spontaneous or naloxone-precipitated(More)
G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) and arrestins are key participants in the canonical pathways leading to phosphorylation-dependent GPCR desensitization, endocytosis, intracellular trafficking and resensitization as well as in the modulation of important intracellular signaling cascades by GPCR. Novel studies have revealed a(More)
p38 Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) are a family of Ser/Thr kinases that regulate important cellular processes such as stress responses, differentiation, and cell-cycle control . Activation of MAPK is achieved through a linear signaling cascade in which upstream kinases (MAPKKs) dually phosphorylate MAPKs at a conserved 3-amino-acid motif(More)
The G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) participate with arrestins in the regulation and signal propagation of multiple G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) of key physiological and pharmacological relevance in the cardiovascular system. The complex mechanisms of regulation of GRK expression, degradation and function are being unveiled gradually. The(More)
The beta-adrenergic receptor kinase (beta ARK) modulates beta-adrenergic and other G protein-coupled receptors by rapidly phosphorylating agonist-occupied receptors at the plasma membrane. We have recently shown that beta ARK also associates with intracellular microsomal membranes both "in vitro" and "in situ" (García-Higuera, I., Penela, P., Murga, C.,(More)
The G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) phosphorylates and desensitizes ligand-activated G protein-coupled-receptors. Here, evidence is shown for a novel role of GRK2 in regulating chemokine-mediated signals. The presence of increased levels of GRK2 in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells produced a significant reduction of the extracellular(More)
From ants to humans, the timing of many animal behaviors comes in bursts of activity separated by long periods of inactivity. Recently, mathematical modeling has shown that simple algorithms of priority-driven behavioral choice can result in bursty behavior. To experimentally test this link between decision-making circuitry and bursty dynamics, we have(More)
G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) is able to phosphorylate a variety of agonist-occupied G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) and plays an important role in GPCR modulation. However, recent studies suggest additional cellular functions for GRK2. Phosducin and phosducin-like protein (PhLP) are cytosolic proteins that bind Gbetagamma subunits and act(More)
OBJECTIVE Insulin resistance is associated with the pathogenesis of metabolic disorders as type 2 diabetes and obesity. Given the emerging role of signal transduction in these syndromes, we set out to explore the possible role that G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2), first identified as a G protein-coupled receptor regulator, could have as a(More)