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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A beta-adrenergic receptor kinase-like enzyme is involved in olfactory signal termination.

We have previously shown that second-messenger-dependent kinases (cAMP-dependent kinase, protein kinase C) in the olfactory system are essential in terminating second-messenger signaling in response to odorants. We now document that subtype 2 of the beta-adrenergic receptor kinase (beta ARK) is also involved in this process. By using subtype-specific antibodies to beta ARK-1 and beta ARK-2, we show that beta ARK-2 is preferentially expressed in the olfactory epithelium in contrast to findings in most other tissues. Heparin, an inhibitor of beta ARK, as well as anti-beta ARK-2 antibodies, (i) completely prevents the rapid decline of second-messenger signals (desensitization) that follows odorant stimulation and (ii) strongly inhibits odorant-induced phosphorylation of olfactory ciliary proteins. In contrast, beta ARK-1 antibodies are without effect. Inhibitors of protein kinase A and protein kinase C also block odorant-induced desensitization and phosphorylation. These data suggest that a sequential interplay of second-messenger-dependent and receptor-specific kinases is functionally involved in olfactory desensitization.[1]


  1. A beta-adrenergic receptor kinase-like enzyme is involved in olfactory signal termination. Schleicher, S., Boekhoff, I., Arriza, J., Lefkowitz, R.J., Breer, H. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1993) [Pubmed]
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