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Title: Basic pharmacological and structural evidence for class A G-protein-coupled receptor heteromerization
Author: Franco Fernández, Rafael
Martínez-Pinilla, Eva
Lanciego, José Luis
Navarro Brugal, Gemma
Keywords: Proteïnes G
G Proteins
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2016
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Abstract: Cell membrane receptors rarely work on isolation, often they form oligomeric complexes with other receptor molecules and they may directly interact with different proteins of the signal transduction machinery. For a variety of reasons, rhodopsin-like class A G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) seem an exception to the general rule of receptor receptor direct interaction. In fact, controversy surrounds their potential to form homo-heterodimers/oligomers with other class A GPCRs; in a sense, the field is going backward instead of forward. This review focuses on the convergent, complementary and telling evidence showing that homo- and heteromers of class A GPCRs exist in transfected cells and, more importantly, in natural sources. It is time to decide between questioning the occurrence of heteromers or, alternatively, facing the vast scientific and technical challenges that class A receptor-dimer/oligomer existence pose to Pharmacology and to Drug Discovery.
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It is part of: Frontiers in Pharmacology, 2016, vol. 7, p. 76
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ISSN: 1663-9812
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