Monitoring the Aggregation of GPCRs by Fluorescence Microscopy.

Research paper by Samuel S Génier, Jade J Degrandmaison, Christine L CL Lavoie, Louis L Gendron, Jean-Luc JL Parent

Indexed on: 08 Jul '19Published on: 11 Apr '19Published in: Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)


G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) contain highly hydrophobic domains that are subject to aggregation when exposed to the crowded environment of the cytoplasm. Many events can lead to protein aggregation such as mutations, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and misfolding. These processes have been widely known to impact GPCR folding, maturation, and localization. Protein aggregates are transported toward the microtubule-organizing center via dynein to form a large juxta-nuclear structure called the aggresome, and in due course, are then targeted for degradation. Here, we describe a method to study aggregation of GPCRs by fluorescence microscopy.