Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching of muscarinic receptors and G protein subunits tagged with cyan or yellow fluorescent protein showed that receptors and G proteins were mobile and not immobilized on the cell membrane. The cyan fluorescent protein-tagged Gα and yellow fluorescent protein-tagged Gβ subunits were used to develop sensors that coupled selectively with the M2 and M3 muscarinic receptors. In living Chinese hamster ovary cells, imaging showed that sensors emitted a fluorescence resonance energy transfer signal that was abrogated on receptor activation. When sequentially activated with highly expressed muscarinic receptors and endogenous receptors expressed at low levels, sensor molecules were sensitive to the sequence of activation and the receptor numbers. The results distinguish between models proposing that receptor and G protein types interact freely with each other on the cell membrane or that they function as mutually exclusive multimolecular complexes by providing direct support for the former model in these cells.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Jun 25 2004|