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Keywords:

  • β2 adrenergic receptor;
  • G protein coupled receptors;
  • Nobel lecture;
  • protein structures;
  • signaling
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Cells from different parts of our bodies communicate with each other using chemical messengers in the form of hormones and neurotransmitters. They process information encoded in these chemical messages using G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) located in the plasma membrane. The Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2012 was awarded for studies on GPCRs.