Jonathon M. Willets

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G-protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) comprise a family of seven mammalian serine/threonine protein kinases that phosphorylate and regulate agonist-occupied or constitutively active G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Studies of the details and consequences of these mechanisms have focused heavily on the original beta-adrenoceptor kinase (beta-ARK)(More)
We have investigated the effects of G protein-coupled receptor kinase (GRK) 3 and GRK6 on the phosphorylation and regulation of the M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mACh) endogenously expressed in SH-SY5Y cells. Overexpression of GRK3 or GRK6 enhanced M3 mACh receptor phosphorylation after high-concentration methacholine (100 microM, 1 min) addition.(More)
AIMS prolonged P2Y-receptor signalling can cause vasoconstriction leading to hypertension, vascular smooth muscle hypertrophy, and hyperplasia. G protein-coupled receptor signalling is negatively regulated by G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) and arrestin proteins, preventing prolonged or inappropriate signalling. This study investigates whether(More)
Previously we have shown that G protein-coupled receptor kinase (GRK) 6 plays a major role in the regulation of the human M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M3 mAChR) in the human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y. However, 30-fold overexpression of the catalytically inactive, dominant-negative K215RGRK6 produced only a 50% suppression of M3 mAChR phosphorylation(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The endocannabinoid plays vital roles in several aspects of reproduction, including gametogenesis, fertilization and parturition. However, little is known regarding the presence or role of the endocannabinoid system in myometrial function. Here the presence of the endocannabinoid system and signalling properties of cannabinoid(More)
The involvement of G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) in the agonist-induced desensitization of delta-opioid receptor-mediated inhibition of cAMP formation in NG108-15 mouse neuroblastomaxrat glioma hybrid cells was investigated. Pretreatment of wild-type cells with the delta-opioid receptor agonist [D-Pen(2,5)]-enkephalin (DPDPE; 100 nM) for as(More)
Accumulating evidence highlights the importance of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) as a key mediator in reproductive physiology. Current data suggest potential roles for AEA in gametogenesis, fertilization, and parturition. AEA exerts its actions through two G protein-coupled receptors, termed cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1), and 2 (CB2), and the(More)
We have previously shown that overexpression of G protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) enhanced the phosphorylation and desensitization of the endogenously expressed M(3) muscarinic acetylcholine (mACh) receptor in human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. In this study we have examined the potential role of endogenous GRK6 in the regulation of M(3) mACh(More)
AIMS Prolonged endothelin (ET) receptor signalling causes vasoconstriction and can lead to hypertension, vascular smooth muscle hypertrophy, and hyperplasia. Usually, G protein-coupled receptor signalling is negatively regulated by G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs), preventing prolonged or inappropriate signalling. This study investigated whether(More)
Arterial smooth muscle (ASM) contraction plays a critical role in regulating blood distribution and blood pressure. Vasoconstrictors activate cell surface receptors to initiate signaling cascades involving increased intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) and recruitment of protein kinase C (PKC), leading to ASM contraction, though the PKC(More)