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guanine nucleotide binding protein (G protein), q polypeptide
Symbol GNAQ
Entrez 2776
HUGO 4390
OMIM 600998
RefSeq NM_002072
UniProt P50148
Other data
Locus Chr. 9 q21
guanine nucleotide binding protein (G protein), alpha 11 (Gq class)
Symbol GNA11
Entrez 2767
HUGO 4379
OMIM 139313
RefSeq NM_002067
UniProt P29992
Other data
Locus Chr. 19 p13.3
guanine nucleotide binding protein (G protein), alpha 14
Symbol GNA14
Entrez 9630
HUGO 4382
OMIM 604397
RefSeq NM_004297
UniProt O95837
Other data
Locus Chr. 9 q21
guanine nucleotide binding protein (G protein), alpha 15 (Gq class)
Symbol GNA15
Entrez 2769
HUGO 4383
OMIM 139314
RefSeq NM_002068
UniProt P30679
Other data
Locus Chr. 19 p13.3

Gq protein or Gq/11 is a heterotrimeric G protein subunit that activates phospholipase C (PLC). PLC in turn hydrolyzes Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) to diacyl glycerol (DAG) and inositol triphosphate (IP3) signal transduction pathway. DAG acts as a second messenger that activates Protein Kinase C (PKC) and IP3 helps in phosphorylation of some proteins.



Gq proteins are class of G proteins which work to activate phospholipase C (PLC), participating in a variety of cellular signaling pathways, including taste, manic depression, tumor promotion, etc.[1]

The Gq protein works by activating PLC. PLC then cleaves a phospholipid. In the process, phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) is cleaved into diacyl glycerol (DAG) and inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP3). DAG remains on bound to the membrane, and IP3 is released as a soluble structure into the cytosol. IP3 then diffuses through the cytosol to bind to IP3 receptors, particular calcium channels in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). These channels are specific to calcium and only allow the passage of calcium to move through. This causes the cytosolic concentration of Calcium to increase, causing a cascade of intracellular changes and activity.[1]

Further reading:Calcium function in vertebrates

In addition, calcium and DAG together works to activate PKC, which goes on to phosphorylate other molecules, leading to altered cellular activity.[1]

Further reading:function of protein kinase C

Examples of GPCR partners

From modulatory neurotransmitter receptors (amine receptors belonging to rhodopsin family), Gq is usually coupled to e.g. the G-protein coupled receptors:


See also


  1. ^ a b c Alberts B, Lewis J, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P (2002). Molecular biology of the cell (4th Edition ed.). New York: Garland Science. ISBN 0-8153-3218-1. 


An easy mnemonic used in medical school to remember which receptor utilizes the Gq subunit would be: "Kiss and Kick until you're sick of sex." (i.e. QISS and QIQ until you're SIQ of SQS.") QISS = adrenergic (alpha1, alpha2, beta1, beta2), QIQ (M1, M2, M3), SIQ (Dopamine1, dopamine2, Histamine1), SQS (Histamine 2, Vasopressin1, Vasopressin 2).

Gq = Q Gi = I Gs = S

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