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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 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 kinase 2 has been found to phosphorylate and thus regulate the activity of several G protein-coupled receptors implicated in neuronal signalling pathways. Although this kinase was initially described as a soluble protein, our laboratory has recently found that a significant amount of G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 is(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)
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)
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)
G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) kinase 2 (GRK2) regulates G protein-coupled receptor signaling via agonist-induced receptor phosphorylation and desensitization. GRK2 can also modulate cellular activation by interacting with downstream signaling molecules. The intracellular GRK2 level changes during inflammatory conditions. We investigated how(More)
The G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) kinase GRK2 phosphorylates G protein-coupled receptors in an agonist-dependent manner. GRK2 activity is modulated through interactions of diverse domains of the kinase with G protein betagamma subunits, several lipids, anchoring proteins, and activated receptors. We report that kinase activity toward either GPCR(More)
  • Lucia Garcia-Guerra, Rocío Vila-Bedmar, +9 authors Iria Nieto-Vázquez
  • 2014
G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) is an important serine/threonine-kinase regulating different membrane receptors and intracellular proteins. Attenuation of Drosophila Gprk2 in embryos or adult flies induced a defective differentiation of somatic muscles, loss of fibers, and a flightless phenotype. In vertebrates, GRK2 hemizygous mice contained(More)