Heterotrimeric G Proteins

January 20, 2012

A non-radioactive method for measuring Gα proteins with a Switch II region is detailed in BMG LABTECH Application Note 196.

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Dr EJ Dell
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Heterotrimeric G Proteins are a vast family of proteins made of 3 subunits, alpha, beta and gamma. The Gα subunit, upon activation, undergoes a conformational change whereby it releases GDP and subsequently binds GTP. In the (Gαi/o) subfamily of proteins, there is a switch region that moves upon activation and conformational change. In this Switch II region an intrinsic tryptophan can be monitored, and upon activation its fluorescence intensity changes. This a fairly universal assay that can measure Gαi/o activation as modulated by a variety of inputs (eg. peptides, proteins, small molecules). The assay is a sensitive and high-quality means to measure G-protein activation without the use of radiolabeled nucleotides.


You can find the entire Application Note 196: Using Intrinsic Tryptophan Fluorescence to Measure Heterotrimeric G-Protein Activation here.

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