Arrestin-rhodopsin interaction. Multi-site binding delineated by peptide inhibition.

  1. J G Krupnick,
  2. V V Gurevich,
  3. T Schepers,
  4. H E Hamm and
  5. J L Benovic
  1. Department of Pharmacology, Jefferson Cancer Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.


    Visual arrestin modulates the intracellular response of retinal rod cells to light by specifically binding to the phosphorylated light-activated form of the photoreceptor rhodopsin (P-Rh*). In order to characterize the molecular interaction between rhodopsin and arrestin, we have studied the ability of synthetic peptides from the proposed cytoplasmic loops of rhodopsin to inhibit arrestin binding. A third cytoplasmic loop peptide competed most effectively for arrestin binding to P-Rh*, exhibiting an IC50 of 34 microM, while a first cytoplasmic loop peptide weakly inhibited binding with an IC50 of approximately 1100 microM. The first and third cytoplasmic loop peptides also inhibited P-Rh* interaction with both ARR[delta (2-16)-404], an arrestin mutant that lacks residues 2-16, and ARR[1-191], a mutant that contains only the amino half of arrestin. However, the third loop peptide had an approximately 5-fold lower affinity at inhibiting the binding of ARR[1-191] to P-Rh*. While the first and third loop peptides also inhibited arrestin binding to light-activated rhodopsin and a truncated rhodopsin lacking its C-terminal sites of phosphorylation, the peptides modestly enhanced arrestin binding to phosphorylated dark rhodopsin. These results suggest that the third and, to a lesser extent, the first cytoplasmic loops of rhodopsin may play an important role in arrestin binding to light-activated forms of rhodopsin.

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