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Universal allosteric mechanism for Gα activation by GPCRs.

Flock, Tilman; Ravarani, Charles N J; Sun, Dawei; Venkatakrishnan, A J; Kayikci, Melis; Tate, Christopher G; Veprintsev, Dmitry B; Babu, M Madan.
Nature; 524(7564): 173-179, 2015 Aug 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26147082
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) allosterically activate heterotrimeric G proteins and trigger GDP release. Given that there are ∼800 human GPCRs and 16 different Gα genes, this raises the question of whether a universal allosteric mechanism governs Gα activation. Here we show that different GPCRs interact with and activate Gα proteins through a highly conserved mechanism. Comparison of Gα with the small G protein Ras reveals how the evolution of short segments that undergo disorder-to-order transitions can decouple regions important for allosteric activation from receptor binding specificity. This might explain how the GPCR-Gα system diversified rapidly, while conserving the allosteric activation mechanism.
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