Ubiquitination of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors

  • Adriano Marchese
  • Jeffrey L. Benovic
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 259)


In this chapter we describe methods for detecting the ubiquitination state of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). This involves coexpression of a GPCR with an epitope-tagged ubiquitin construct in a heterologous expression system. Modification by ubiquitin of the GPCR resulting from agonist activation is detected by immunoprecipation and subsequent immunoblotting for the epitope-tagged ubiquitin. We use here the chemokine receptor CXCR4 as the model receptor; however, this could be easily modified to detect the ubiquitination state of any GPCR.

Key Words

Agonist CXCR4 degradation G-protein-coupled receptor immunoblot immunoprecipitation lysosome sorting ubiquitin 


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© Humana Press Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriano Marchese
    • 1
  • Jeffrey L. Benovic
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Kimmel Cancer CenterThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia

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