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Agonist-induced desensitization and phosphorylation of m1-muscarinic receptors

WAUGH, M; Challiss, RAJ; Berstein, G; Nahorski, SR; Tobin, AB; (1999) Agonist-induced desensitization and phosphorylation of m1-muscarinic receptors. Biochemical Journal , 338 (1) pp. 175-183.

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Pre-stimulation of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells expressing the human m1-muscarinic receptor (CHO-m1 cells) with a maximally effective concentration of the muscarinic agonist methacholine resulted in desensitization of Ins(1,4,5)P-3 accumulation. apparent as a similar to 4-fold shift in the agonist dose-response curve. Agonist-induced desensitization was rapid (detectable by 10 s) and concentration dependent (EC50 = 8.2+/-2.2 mu M) and resulted in a complete loss of receptor reserve for the agonist-stimulated Ins( 1,4, 5) P-3 response. An investigation of the possible mechanisms involved in m1-muscarinic receptor desensitization indicated that agonist-induced receptor internalization, PtdIns(4,5)P-2 depletion or an increased rate of Ins(1,4,5)P-3 metabolism were not involved. m1-Muscarinic receptors did, however, undergo rapid agonist-induced phosphorylation with a time course that was consistent with an involvement in receptor desensitization. Characterization studies indicated that the receptor-specific kinase involved was distinct from protein kinase C and other second-messenger-dependent protein kinases. Since pre studies have suggested that the m3-muscarinic receptor subtype undergoes agonist-dependent phosphorylation via casein kinase 1 alpha (CK1 alpha) [Tobin, Totty, Sterlin and Nahorski (1997) J. Biol. Chem. 272, 20844-20839], we examined the ability of m1-muscarinic receptors to be phosphorylated by this kinase. In reconstitution experiments, CK1 alpha was able to phosphorylate purified, soluble m1-muscarinic receptors in an agonist-dependent manner.

Type: Article
Title: Agonist-induced desensitization and phosphorylation of m1-muscarinic receptors
Location: UK
Publisher version: http://www.biochemj.org/bj/338/0175/bj3380175.htm
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/620692
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