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A Hematopoietic Perspective on the Promiscuity and Specificity of G alpha(16) Signaling

Authors Su, Yan
Ho, Maurice K.C. HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Wong, Yung Hou View this author's profile
Issue Date 2009
Source NeuroSignals , v. 17, (1), 2009, p. 71-81
Summary G alpha(16), a member of G(q) subfamily, is expressed exclusively in hematopoietic cells, and its expression is highly modulated during lineage differentiation. Although functional redundancy within G(q) subclass members has been observed in many established models, G alpha(16) possesses unique structural and biochemical properties not shared by other family members. Its broad receptor-coupling capacity and unique downstream binding partners and effectors allow the occurrence of both inositol lipid-dependent and -independent signals. Apart from its recognized biological functions in hematopoietic cell responses, the enlistment of complicated signaling pathways further signifies the importance of G alpha(16) in signal integration. This review aims to provide an updated appreciation and rational discussion of G alpha(16) signaling with regard to its promiscuity and specificity. Copyright (C) 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel
ISSN 1424-862X
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