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Dimerization of β2-adrenergic receptor is responsible for the constitutive activity subjected to inv

November 2022

"Dimerization of beta 2-adrenergic receptor (β2-AR) has been observed across various physiologies. However, the function of dimeric β2-AR is still elusive. Here, we revealed that dimerization of β2-AR is responsible for the constitutive activity of β2-AR generating inverse agonism. Using a co-immunoimmobilization assay, we found that transient β2-AR dimers exist in a resting state, and the dimer was disrupted by the inverse agonists. A Gαs preferentially interacts with dimeric β2-AR, but not monomeric β2-AR, in a resting state, resulting in the production of a resting cAMP level. The formation of β2-AR dimers requires cholesterol on the plasma membrane. The cholesterol did not interfere with the agonist-induced activation of monomeric β2-AR, unlike the inverse agonists, implying that the cholesterol is a specific factor regulating the dimerization of β2-AR. Our model not only shows the function of dimeric β2-AR but also provides a molecular insight into the mechanism of the inverse agonism of β2-AR."

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