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Medical Term:

G proteins


Definition: intracellular membrane-associated proteins activated by several (ß-adrenergic) receptors; they serve as second messengers or transducers of the receptor-initiated response to intracellular elements such as enzymes to initiate an effect. These proteins have a high affinity for guanine nucleotides and hence are named G proteins.

Synonym(s): G-protein, GTP binding proteins, guanine nucleotide-binding protein, guanine-binding protein

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