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G protein-activated K(+) channels (Kir3 or GIRK) are activated by direct interaction with Gβγ. Gα is essential for specific signaling and regulates basal activity of GIRK (I(basal)) and kinetics of the response elicited by activation by G protein-coupled receptors (I(evoked)). These regulations are believed to occur within a GIRK-Gα-Gβγ signaling complex.(More)
Chronic pancreatitis, induced in dogs by pancreatic duct ligation, is associated with glucose intolerance due to insulin deficiency, reduced hepatic sensitivity to insulin, and a marked deficiency of pancreatic polypeptide. Treatment with a 14 day continuous subcutaneous infusion of pancreatic polypeptide resulted in improved oral glucose tolerance and(More)
Sleep-deprived individuals appear to have decreased psychological and physical capabilities. Studies have shown how major psychological aspects, such as alertness, complex mental performance, and memory, are strongly affected by sleep deprivation. Military use of psychostimulants dates back many years, especially in units that operate over long hours and(More)
G protein activated K+ channels (GIRK, Kir3) are switched on by direct binding of Gbetagamma following activation of Gi/o proteins via G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Although Galphai subunits do not activate GIRKs, they interact with the channels and regulate the gating pattern of the neuronal heterotetrameric GIRK1/2 channel (composed of GIRK1 and(More)
The G-protein coupled inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK, or Kir3) channels are important mediators of inhibitory neurotransmission via activation of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). GIRK channels are tetramers comprising combinations of subunits (GIRK1-4), activated by direct binding of the Gβγ subunit of Gi/o proteins. Heterologously expressed(More)
Iatrogenic metastasis of bone tumor is reportedly increased if aggregates of tumor cells enter the circulation. The current study used a previously developed animal model to explore the movement of 25-, 50-, and 100-micron-diameter particles from an experimental femur biopsy site into the circulation. The results indicate that cell aggregate-sized particles(More)
Stable complexes among G proteins and effectors are an emerging concept in cell signaling. The prototypical G betagamma effector G protein-activated K(+) channel (GIRK; Kir3) physically interacts with G betagamma but also with G alpha(i/o). Whether and how G alpha(i/o) subunits regulate GIRK in vivo is unclear. We studied triple interactions among GIRK(More)
G protein-activated K+ channels (GIRK) mediate postsynaptic inhibitory effects of neurotransmitters in the atrium and in the brain by coupling to G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). In neurotransmitter-dependent GIRK signalling, Gbetagamma is released from the heterotrimeric Galphabetagamma complex upon GPCR activation, activating the channel and(More)
A key issue for understanding exocytosis is elucidating the various protein interactions and the associated conformational transitions underlying soluble N-ethylmeleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) protein assembly. To monitor dynamic changes in syntaxin 1A (Syx) conformation along exocytosis, we constructed a novel fluorescent(More)
Interdomain interactions between intracellular N and C termini have been described for various K(+) channels, including the voltage-gated Kv2.1, and suggested to affect channel gating. However, no channel regulatory protein directly affecting N/C interactions has been demonstrated. Most Kv2.1 channel interactions with regulatory factors occur at its C(More)