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Daniela Sorriento, Gaetano Santulli, Michele Ciccarelli, Angela Serena Maione, Maddalena Illario, Bruno Trimarco, Guido Iaccarino
We have recently demonstrated that the amino-terminal domain of G protein coupled receptor kinase (GRK) type 5, (GRK5-NT) inhibits NFκB activity in cardiac cells leading to a significant amelioration of LVH. Since GRK5-NT is known to bind calmodulin, this study aimed to evaluate the functional role of GRK5-NT in the regulation of calcium-calmodulin-dependent transcription factors. We found that the overexpression of GRK5-NT in cardiomyoblasts significantly reduced the activation and the nuclear translocation of NFAT and its cofactor GATA-4 in response to phenylephrine (PE)...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ao Shen, Madeline Nieves-Cintron, Yawen Deng, Qian Shi, Dhrubajyoti Chowdhury, Jinyi Qi, Johannes W Hell, Manuel F Navedo, Yang K Xiang
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) transduce pleiotropic intracellular signals in a broad range of physiological responses and disease states. Activated GPCRs can undergo agonist-induced phosphorylation by G protein receptor kinases (GRKs) and second messenger-dependent protein kinases such as protein kinase A (PKA). Here, we characterize spatially segregated subpopulations of β2 -adrenergic receptor (β2 AR) undergoing selective phosphorylation by GRKs or PKA in a single cell. GRKs primarily label monomeric β2 ARs that undergo endocytosis, whereas PKA modifies dimeric β2 ARs that remain at the cell surface...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Yu-Na Im, Yu-Dong Lee, Jeong-Soo Park, Hae-Kyoung Kim, Suhn-Young Im, Hwa-Ryung Song, Hern-Ku Lee, Myung-Kwan Han
Many itch mediators activate G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), and trigger itch via activation of GPCR-mediated signaling pathways. GPCRs are desensitized by G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs). The aim of this study is to explore the role of GRKs in itch response and the linkage between GRKs and glutamine (Gln), an amino acid previously demonstrated as an itching reliever. Itch responses were evoked by histamine, chloroquine (CQ), and dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB)-induced contact dermatitis (CD). Phosphorylation and protein expression were detected by immunofluorescent staining and Western blotting...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Trevor D Lamb, Hardip R Patel, Aaron Chuah, David M Hunt
Different isoforms of the genes involved in phototransduction are expressed in vertebrate rod and cone photoreceptors, providing a unique example of parallel evolution via gene duplication. In this study, we determine the molecular phylogeny of the proteins underlying the shut-off steps of phototransduction in the agnathan and jawed vertebrate lineages. For the G-protein receptor kinases (GRKs), the GRK1 and GRK7 divisions arose prior to the divergence of tunicates, with further expansion during the two rounds of whole-genome duplication (2R); subsequently, jawed and agnathan vertebrates retained different subsets of three isoforms of GRK...
January 2018: Open Biology
Xiaohan Zhang, Mei Zheng, Ningning Sun, Kyeong-Man Kim
The GRK/β-arrestin and PKC/PKA mediate the homologous and heterologous regulation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), respectively. Interaction between the two pathways is one of the most important issues in understanding the regulation of GPCRs. The present study investigated the regulatory effect of GRK2 and β-arrestins on PKC activation. The roles of GRK2 and β-arrestins in the functional regulation of PKC were assessed by determining their influence on PKC autophosphorylation and intracellular translocation...
October 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Qing-Hong Zhang, Ji-Wei Hao, Guang-Lei Li, Xiao-Jing Ji, Xu-Dong Yao, Ning Dong, Yong-Ming Yao
OBJECTIVE: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)-based therapy via G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) GLP-1R, to attenuate hyperglycemia in critical care has attracted great attention. However, the exaggerated inflammation by GLP-1R agonist, Exendin-4, in a mouse model of burn injury was quite unexpected. Recent studies found that GPCR might elicit proinflammatory effects by switching from Gαs to Gαi signaling in the immune system. Thus, we aimed to investigate the possible Gαs to Gαi switch in GLP-1R signaling in monocyte following burn injury...
October 11, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Helena M Kok, Lucas L van den Hoogen, Joel A G van Roon, Elisabeth J M Adriaansen, Ruth D E Fritsch-Stork, Tri Q Nguyen, Roel Goldschmeding, Timothy R D J Radstake, Niels Bovenschen
Objectives: Granzymes (Grs) are serine proteases that eliminate virally infected or tumour cells by inducing apoptosis. GrB has been shown to be associated to the pathophysiology of SLE, whereas the role of the other Grs in SLE remain unknown. Methods: Gr levels were determined in the serum of SLE patients and controls and linked to SLE activity parameters, including the IFN signature. In addition, GrB expression was investigated in LN biopsies and correlated to kidney function parameters and disease severity...
December 1, 2017: Rheumatology
Irini Topalidou, Kirsten Cooper, Laura Pereira, Michael Ailion
The NALCN/NCA ion channel is a cation channel related to voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels. NALCN has been reported to be a sodium leak channel with a conserved role in establishing neuronal resting membrane potential, but its precise cellular role and regulation are unclear. The Caenorhabditis elegans orthologs of NALCN, NCA-1 and NCA-2, act in premotor interneurons to regulate motor circuit activity that sustains locomotion. Recently we found that NCA-1 and NCA-2 are activated by a signal transduction pathway acting downstream of the heterotrimeric G protein Gq and the small GTPase Rho...
October 2017: PLoS Genetics
Michael D Steury, Laura R McCabe, Narayanan Parameswaran
G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) are serine/threonine kinases that regulate a large and diverse class of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Through GRK phosphorylation and β-arrestin recruitment, GPCRs are desensitized and their signal terminated. Recent work on these kinases has expanded their role from canonical GPCR regulation to include noncanonical regulation of non-GPCR and nonreceptor substrates through phosphorylation as well as via scaffolding functions. Owing to these and other regulatory roles, GRKs have been shown to play a critical role in the outcome of a variety of physiological and pathophysiological processes including chemotaxis, signaling, migration, inflammatory gene expression, etc...
2017: Advances in Immunology
Yi-Ting Chiu, Chongguang Chen, Daohai Yu, Stefan Schulz, Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen
We reported previously that the selective agonist U50,488H promoted phosphorylation of the mouse κ opioid receptor (KOPR) at residues S356, T357, T363, and S369. Here, we found that agonist (U50,488H)-dependent KOPR phosphorylation at all the residues was mediated by Gi/o α proteins and multiple protein kinases [GRK2, GRK3, GRK5, GRK6 and protein kinase C (PKC)]. In addition, PKC activation by phorbol ester induced agonist-independent KOPR phosphorylation. Compared with U50,488H, PKC activation promoted much higher S356/T357 phosphorylation, much lower T363 phosphorylation, and similar levels of S369 phosphorylation...
November 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
Xin-Qiu Yao, M Claire Cato, Emily Labudde, Tyler S Beyett, John J G Tesmer, Barry J Grant
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are essential for transferring extracellular signals into carefully choreographed intracellular responses controlling diverse aspects of cell physiology. The duration of GPCR-mediated signaling is primarily regulated via GPCR kinase (GRK)-mediated phosphorylation of activated receptors. Although many GRK structures have been reported, the mechanisms underlying GRK activation are not well-understood, in part because it is unknown how these structures map to the conformational landscape available to this enzyme family...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Konstantin E Komolov, Jeffrey L Benovic
This review is provided in recognition of the extensive contributions of Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz to the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) field and to celebrate his 75th birthday. Since one of the authors trained with Bob in the 80s, we provide a history of work done in the Lefkowitz lab during the 80s that focused on dissecting the mechanisms that regulate GPCR signaling, with a particular emphasis on the GPCR kinases (GRKs). In addition, we highlight structure/function characteristics of GRK interaction with GPCRs as well as a review of two recent reports that provide a molecular model for GRK-GPCR interaction...
January 2018: Cellular Signalling
Shuchi Guo, Rhonda L Carter, Laurel A Grisanti, Walter J Koch, Douglas G Tilley
β-adrenergic receptors (βAR) regulate numerous functions throughout the body, however G protein-coupled receptor kinase (GRK)-dependent desensitization of βAR has long been recognized as a maladaptive process in the progression of various disease states. Thus, the development of small molecule inhibitors of GRKs for the study of these processes and as potential therapeutics has been at the forefront of recent research efforts. Via structural and biochemical analyses, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) paroxetine was identified as a GRK2 inhibitor that enhances βAR-dependent cardiomyocyte and cardiac contractility and reverses cardiac dysfunction and myocardial βAR expression in mouse models of heart failure...
October 2017: Cellular Signalling
Nitesh Khonde, Sunil Kumar Singh, D M Maurya, Vinai K Rai, L S Chamyal, Liviu Giosan
The lost Saraswati River mentioned in the ancient Indian tradition is postulated to have flown independently of the Indus River into the Arabian Sea, perhaps along courses of now defunct rivers such as Ghaggar, Hakra and Nara. The persistence of such a river during the Harappan Bronze Age and the Iron Age Vedic period is strongly debated. We drilled in the Great Rann of Kachchh (Kutch), an infilled gulf of the Arabian Sea, which must have received input from the Saraswati, if active. Nd and Sr isotopic measurements suggest that a distinct source may have been present before 10 ka...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
M Ramakrishna Reddy, K Sathi Reddy, Y Ranjita Chouhan, Hameeda Bee, Gopal Reddy
An effecient feather-degrading bacterium was isolated from poultry dumping yard and identified as Bacillus pumilus GRK based on 16S rRNA sequencing. Complete feather degradation (98.3±1.52%) with high keratinase production (373±4 U/ml) was observed in 24h under optimized conditions (substrate 1% (w/w); inoculum size 4% (v/v); pH 10; 200rpm at 37°C) with feathers as sole carbon and nitrogen source in tap water. The fermented broth was enriched with amino acids like tryptophan (221.44µg/ml), isoleucine (15...
November 2017: Bioresource Technology
Alejandro E Leroux, Jörg O Schulze, Ricardo M Biondi
The group of AGC kinases consists of 63 evolutionarily related serine/threonine protein kinases comprising PDK1, PKB/Akt, SGK, PKC, PRK/PKN, MSK, RSK, S6K, PKA, PKG, DMPK, MRCK, ROCK, NDR, LATS, CRIK, MAST, GRK, Sgk494, and YANK, while two other families, Aurora and PLK, are the most closely related to the group. Eight of these families are physiologically activated downstream of growth factor signalling, while other AGC kinases are downstream effectors of a wide range of signals. The different AGC kinase families share aspects of their mechanisms of inhibition and activation...
June 4, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Michael D Steury, Peter C Lucas, Laura R McCabe, Narayanan Parameswaran
G-protein-coupled receptor kinase-2 (GRK2) belongs to the GRK family of serine/threonine protein kinases critical in the regulation of G-protein-coupled receptors. Apart from this canonical role, GRK2 is also involved in several signaling pathways via distinct intracellular interactomes. In the present study, we examined the role of GRK2 in TNFα signaling in colon epithelial cell-biological processes including wound healing, proliferation, apoptosis, and gene expression. Knockdown of GRK2 in the SW480 human colonic cells significantly enhanced TNFα-induced epithelial cell wound healing without any effect on apoptosis/proliferation...
June 27, 2017: Biochemical Journal
Yuanzheng He, Xiang Gao, Devrishi Goswami, Li Hou, Kuntal Pal, Yanting Yin, Gongpu Zhao, Oliver P Ernst, Patrick Griffin, Karsten Melcher, H Eric Xu
G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) play pivotal roles in desensitizing GPCR signaling but little is known about how GRKs recognize and phosphorylate GPCRs due to the technical difficulties in detecting the highly dynamic GPCR/GRK interaction. By combining a genetic approach with multiple biochemical assays, we identified the key determinants for the assembly of the prototypical GPCR rhodopsin with its kinase GRK1. Our work reveals that the regulatory G-protein signaling homology (RH) domain of GRKs is the primary binding site to GPCRs and an active conformation of the GRK1 kinase domain is required for efficient interaction with rhodopsin...
June 2017: Cell Research
Giusella M F Moscato, Erica Giacobbi, Lucia Anemona, Silvia Di Cesare, Gigliola Di Matteo, Massimo Andreoni, Alessandro Mauriello, Viviana Moschese
WHIM syndrome is a condition in which affected persons have chronic peripheral neutropenia, lymphopenia, abnormal susceptibility to human papilloma virus infection, and myelokathexis. Myelokathexis refers to the retention of mature neutrophils in the bone marrow (BM), which accounts for degenerative changes and hypersegmentation. Most patients present heterozygous autosomal dominant mutations of the gene encoding CXCR4. Consequently, aberrant CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling impairs the receptor downregulation causing hyperactivation (gain-of-function) that affects BM homing for myelopoiesis and lymphopoiesis and the release of neutrophils in the bloodstream...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Jialin Liu, Fang Zheng, Yan Long, Liu Tong, Yuan Zheng, Xiaoqing Liu, Chuan Qin
Objective To investigate the role of S100B in the development of Parkinson's disease (PD) and explore the possibility of brain-specific S100B transgenic mice as PD animal model. Methods The hS100B transgenic mice were established. The mice were divided into S100B transgenic group (TG),S100B knockout group (KG),and the non-transgenic control group (CG). Motor coordination ability of mice was measured by the rota-rod and pole-climbing test. The expressions of S100B,dopamine D1 receptor,dopamine D2 receptor,G protein-coupled receptor kinase (GRK)2,GRK5,and tyrosine hydroxylase in brain tissue were detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blot...
April 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
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