We synthesized a previously identified β-tubulin-derived G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GKR2) peptide (GR-11-1; DEMEFTEAESNMN) and its amino-terminal extension (GR-11-1-N; GEGMDEMEFTEAESNMN) and carboxyl-terminal extension (GR-11-1-C; DEMEFTEAESNMNDLVSEYQ) peptides with the aim of finding a high-affinity peptide substrate for GRK2. GR-11-1-C showed high affinity for GRK2, but very low affinity for GKR5. Its specificity and sensitivity for GKR2 were greater than those of GR-11-1 and GR-11-1-N. These findings should be useful in designing tools for probing GKR2-mediated intracellular signaling pathways, as well as GRK2-specific drugs.
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