Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 375, Issue 1, pp 49–56 | Cite as

Expanding neuropeptide signalling by multiplying receptor functional states and sub-cellular locations

  • Bice ChiniEmail author
At-a-glance article


Neuropeptide signalling is primarily based on activation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest family of membrane receptors. GPCRs are involved in multiple physiological processes and are important drug targets for many human diseases. In this at a glance review, we focus on the recent advances in GPCR signalling related to the different structural and functional features of complexes involved in G protein- and arrestin-mediated signalling, receptor dimerization and oligomerization, modulation and transactivation of other signalling proteins and receptor compartimentalization. Our goal is to highlight the astonishingly complex and diverse network of signal transduction events that could arise from the activation of neuropeptide receptors.


GPCR signalling Biased agonism Receptor dimerization Intracellular signalling G protein 



Special thanks to Vito Latis for his help with drawing the figures.

Funding information

This work was supported by a Thyssen Foundation grant to BC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRInstitute of NeuroscienceMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Medical Biotechnology and Translational MedicineUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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