Loss of G protein γ7 alters behavior and reduces striatal αolf level and cAMP production

William F. Schwindinger, Kelly S. Betz, Kathryn E. Giger, Angela Sabol, Sarah K. Bronson, Janet D. Robishaw

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The G protein βγ-dimer is required for receptor interaction and effector regulation. However, previous approaches have not identified the physiologic roles of individual subtypes in these processes. We used a gene knockout approach to demonstrate a unique role for the G protein γ7-subunit in mice. Notably, deletion of Gng7 caused behavioral changes that were associated with reductions in the αolf-subunit content and adenylyl cyclase activity of the striatum. These data demonstrate that an individual γ-subunit contributes to the specificity of a given signaling pathway and controls the formation or stability of a particular G protein heterotrimer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6575-6579
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 21 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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