Regulator of G protein signaling

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Regulator of G-Protein Signaling Domain
PDB 1gia EBI.jpg
Structure of active conformation of Gi-alpha1[1]
Symbol RGS
Pfam PF00615
InterPro IPR000342
SCOP 1gia
CDD cd07440
Membranome 36

Regulators of G protein signaling (or RGS) are protein structural domains that activate GTPases for heterotrimeric G-protein alpha-subunits.

RGS proteins are multi-functional, GTPase-accelerating proteins that promote GTP hydrolysis by the alpha subunit of heterotrimeric G proteins, thereby inactivating the G protein and rapidly switching off G protein-coupled receptor signaling pathways.[2] Upon activation by receptors, G proteins exchange GDP for GTP, are released from the receptor, and dissociate into a free, active GTP-bound alpha subunit and beta-gamma dimer, both of which activate downstream effectors. The response is terminated upon GTP hydrolysis by the alpha subunit (InterPro: IPR001019), which can then re-bind the beta-gamma dimer (InterPro: IPR001632 InterPro: IPR001770) and the receptor. RGS proteins markedly reduce the lifespan of GTP-bound alpha subunits by stabilising the G protein transition state. Whereas receptors stimulate GTP binding, RGS proteins stimulate GTP hydrolysis.

RGS proteins have been conserved in evolution. The first to be identified was Sst2 ("SuperSensiTivity to pheromone") in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).[3] All RGS proteins contain an RGS-box (or RGS domain), which is required for activity. Some small RGS proteins such as RGS1 and RGS4 are little more than an RGS domain, while others also contain additional domains that confer further functionality.[4]

Plants have RGS proteins but do not have canonical G protein-coupled receptors. Thus G proteins and GTPase accelerating proteins appear to have evolved before any known G protein activator.

RGS domains can be found within the same protein in combination with a variety of other domains, including: DEP for membrane targeting (InterPro: IPR000591), PDZ for binding to GPCRs (InterPro: IPR001478), PTB for phosphotyrosine-binding (InterPro: IPR006020), RBD for Ras-binding (InterPro: IPR003116), GoLoco for guanine nucleotide inhibitor activity (InterPro: IPR003109), PX for phosphoinositide-binding (InterPro: IPR001683), PXA that is associated with PX (InterPro: IPR003114), PH for phosphatidylinositol-binding (InterPro: IPR001849), and GGL (G protein gamma subunit-like) for binding G protein beta subunits (InterPro: IPR001770 Those RGS proteins that contain GGL domains can interact with G protein beta subunits to form novel dimers that prevent G protein gamma subunit binding and G protein alpha subunit association, thereby preventing heterotrimer formation.


Human proteins containing this domain include:

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GTP-binding protein regulators:


  1. ^ Coleman DE, Berghuis AM, Lee E, Linder ME, Gilman AG, Sprang SR (September 1994). "Structures of active conformations of Gi alpha 1 and the mechanism of GTP hydrolysis". Science. 265 (5177): 1405–12. doi:10.1126/science.8073283. PMID 8073283. 
  2. ^ De Vries L, Farquhar MG, Zheng B, Fischer T, Elenko E (2000). "The regulator of G protein signaling family". Annu. Rev. Pharmacol. Toxicol. 40: 235–271. doi:10.1146/annurev.pharmtox.40.1.235. PMID 10836135. 
  3. ^ Dohlman HG (2009). "RGS proteins the early days". Prog. Mol. Biol. Transl. Sci. 86: 1–14. doi:10.1016/S1877-1173(09)86001-8. PMID 20374711. 
  4. ^ Burchett SA (2000). "Regulators of G protein signaling: a bestiary of modular protein binding domains". J. Neurochem. 75 (4): 1335–1351. doi:10.1046/j.1471-4159.2000.0751335.x. PMID 10987813. 

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