Signal Transduction Pathways and Heterotrimeric G Proteins

  • K. A. Borkovich
Part of the The Mycota book series (MYCOTA, volume 3)

Abstract

In eukaryotic cells, many environmental stimuli are sensed by a class of receptors known as the seven-helix family. Based on amino acid sequence analysis and other criteria (for review see Ross 1989; Birnbaumer et al. 1990; Dohlman et al. 1991; Khorana 1992), these proteins are predicted to contain seven transmembrane helical domains that anchor them to the plasma membrane. Examples of seven-helix receptors are opsins, ß and α-adrenergic receptors, ml and m2 acetylcholine receptors, and somatostatin, bradykinin, and odorant receptors. Ligands that bind such receptors include light, odorants, hormones, growth factors, and neurotransmitters.

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Mold Cysteine Caffeine Beach Tryptophan 

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  • K. A. Borkovich
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  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and Molecular GeneticsUniversity of Texas at Houston-Medical SchoolHoustonUSA

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