The expanding functional roles and signaling mechanisms of adhesion g protein–coupled receptors

Rory K. Morgan, Garret R. Anderson, Demet Araç, Gabriela Aust, Nariman Balenga, Antony Boucard, James P. Bridges, Felix B. Engel, Caroline J. Formstone, Maike D. Glitsch, Ryan S. Gray, Randy A. Hall, Cheng Chih Hsiao, Hee Yong Kim, Alexander B. Knierim, Deva Krupakar Kusuluri, Katherine Leon, Ines Liebscher, Xianhua Piao, Simone PrömelNicole Scholz, Swati Srivastava, Doreen Thor, Kimberley F. Tolias, Yuri A. Ushkaryov, Mario Vallon, Erwin G. Van Meir, Benoit Vanhollebeke, Uwe Wolfrum, Kevin M. Wright, Kelly R. Monk, Amit Mogha

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The adhesion class of G protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs) is the second largest family of GPCRs (33 members in humans). Adhesion GPCRs (aGPCRs) are defined by a large extracellular N-terminal region that is linked to a C-terminal seven transmembrane (7TM) domain via a GPCR-autoproteolysis inducing (GAIN) domain containing a GPCR proteolytic site (GPS). Most aGPCRs undergo autoproteolysis at the GPS motif, but the cleaved fragments stay closely associated, with the N-terminal fragment (NTF) bound to the 7TM of the C-terminal fragment (CTF). The NTFs of most aGPCRs contain domains known to be involved in cell–cell adhesion, while the CTFs are involved in classical G protein signaling, as well as other intracellular signaling. In this workshop report, we review the most recent findings on the biology, signaling mechanisms, and physiological functions of aGPCRs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN (Print)0077-8923
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632


  • Adhesion G protein
  • Cancer
  • Coupled receptor
  • Development
  • Immunology
  • Mechanosensation
  • Neurobiology
  • Signal transduction
  • Structural biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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