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Antonietta Franco, Daniela Sorriento, Jessica Gambardella, Roberto Pacelli, Nella Prevete, Claudio Procaccini, Giuseppe Matarese, Bruno Trimarco, Guido Iaccarino, Michele Ciccarelli
The modern understanding of the G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 has grown towards the definition of a stress protein, for its ability to rapidly compartmentalize within the cell in response to acute stimulation. Also, mitochondria can be regulated by GRK2 localization. We show that Ionizing Radiation (IR) exposure acutely damages mitochondria regarding mass, morphology, and respiration, with recovery in a framework of hours. This phenomenon is actively regulated by GRK2, whose overexpression results to be protective, and reciprocally, deletion accelerates degenerative processes...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
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
Masaaki Kawakami, Mizuki Hattori, Wakana Ohashi, Toshio Fujimori, Kohshi Hattori, Mariko Takebe, Kengo Tomita, Hiroki Yokoo, Naoyuki Matsuda, Mitsuaki Yamazaki, Yuichi Hattori
Sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE), characterized as diffuse brain dysfunction and neurological manifestations secondary to sepsis, is a common complication in critically ill patients and can give rise to poor outcome, but understanding the molecular basis of this disorder remains a major challenge. Given the emerging role of G protein-coupled receptor 2 (GRK2), first identified as a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) regulator, in the regulation of non-GPCR-related molecules contributing to diverse cellular functions and pathology, including inflammation, we tested the hypothesis that GRK2 may be linked to the neuropathogenesis of SAE...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Thomas F Pack, Margo I Orlen, Caroline Ray, Sean M Peterson, Marc G Caron
The dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is critical for many central nervous system functions. The D2R carries out these functions by signaling through two transducers: G proteins and β-arrestins (βarrs). Selectively engaging either the G protein or βarr pathway may be a way to improve drugs targeting GPCRs. The current model of GPCR signal transduction posits a chain of events where G protein activation ultimately leads to βarr recruitment. GPCR kinases (GRKs), which are regulated by G proteins and whose kinase action facilitates βarr recruitment, bridge these pathways...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yang Wang, Chen-Chen Han, Dongqian Cui, Ting-Ting Luo, Yifan Li, Yuwen Zhang, Yang Ma, Wei Wei
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which T cells play an important role. Paeoniflorin-6-oxy-benzenesulfonate (CP-25) shows a strong anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effect in the joint of adjuvant arthritis (AA) rats, but the role of the spleen function is still unclear. The aim of this study was to research how CP-25 regulated spleen function of AA rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered with CP-25 (50 mg/kg) orally from day 17 to 29 after immunization. The spleen histopathological changes were analyzed by hematoxylin-eosin staining...
February 23, 2018: Inflammation
Kumiko Taguchi, Nanami Bessho, Mami Hasegawa, Haruka Narimatsu, Takayuki Matsumoto, Tsuneo Kobayashi
Hypertension and diabetes are associated with a risk of cardiovascular disease. Clonidine is currently used as a fourth-line drug therapy for hypertension because of its rebound hypertensive effect and short half-life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the combined effect of an antihypertensive drug (clonidine) and a G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) inhibitor on rebound hypertension and endothelial dysfunction. The clonidine and/or GRK2 inhibitor were administered by continuous infusion for 14 days by using an osmotic pump that was implanted subcutaneously...
February 20, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Xiaoyi Qi, Yanjing Guo, Yongfeng Song, Chunxiao Yu, Lifang Zhao, Li Fang, Dehuan Kong, Jiajun Zhao, Ling Gao
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Increased serum follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is correlated with fasting hyperglycaemia. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Because excessive hepatic gluconeogenesis is a major cause of fasting hyperglycaemia the present study investigated whether FSH increases hepatic gluconeogenesis in mice. METHODS: Ovariectomised mice supplemented with oestradiol (E2) to maintain normal levels of serum E2 (OVX+E2 mice) were injected with low or high doses of FSH...
February 13, 2018: Diabetologia
Fangfang Zhu, Xianfei Ji, Xia Zhong, Haoran Hu, Lining Liang, Jibin Chen, Deya Shang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of mild hypothermia on myocardial β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) signal pathway after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in pigs with cardiac arrest (CA) and explore the mechanism of myocardial protection. METHODS: Healthy male Landraces were collected for reproducing the CA-CPR model (after 8-minute untreated ventricular fibrillation, CPR was implemented). The animals were divided into two groups according to random number table (n = 8)...
February 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Syed A Morshed, Risheng Ma, Rauf Latif, Terry F Davies
The thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR) is a heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein (G protein)-coupled receptor (GPCR). Autoimmune hyperthyroidism, commonly known as Graves' disease (GD), is caused by stimulating autoantibodies to the TSHR. We previously described TSHR-specific antibodies (TSHR-Abs) in GD that recognize linear epitopes in the cleavage region of the TSHR ectodomain (C-TSHR-Abs) and induce thyroid cell apoptosis instead of stimulating the TSHR. We found that C-TSHR-Abs entered the cell through clathrin-mediated endocytosis but did not trigger endosomal maturation and failed to undergo normal vesicular sorting and trafficking...
January 23, 2018: Science Signaling
Qi Zhang, Liqun Hu, Li Chen, Hongqi Li, Jun Wu, Wenting Liu, Mengyuan Zhang, Guang Yan
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on cardiac function and its mechanism, which focused on the desensitization of β1-AR and GRK2 in heart failure (HF) rats. METHODS: HF was induced by abdominal aortic coarctation. Four weeks after HF induction, the rats were given EGCG (25, 50, 100 mg/kg/day). Cardiac function was assessed by measuring haemodynamic parameters. Histological changes were analyzed by HE and Masson's trichrome staining...
December 16, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
Yun Shi, Zhen-Ju Shu, Hanzhou Wang, Jeffrey L Barnes, Chih-Ko Yeh, Paramita M Ghosh, Michael S Katz, Amrita Kamat
Increased β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR)-mediated activation of adenylyl cyclase (AC) in rat liver during aging has been linked to age-related increases in hepatic glucose output and hepatosteatosis. In this study we investigated the expression of β-ARs, individual receptor subtypes, and G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) regulatory proteins in livers from aging rats. Radioligand binding studies demonstrated that β-AR density increased by >3-fold in hepatocyte membranes from senescent (24 mo old) compared to young adult (7 mo old) rats, and that this phenomenon was blocked by food restriction which is known to retard aging processes in rodents...
December 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Alessandro Cannavo, Klara Komici, Leonardo Bencivenga, Maria Loreta D'amico, Giuseppina Gambino, Daniela Liccardo, Nicola Ferrara, Giuseppe Rengo
G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) kinase-2 (GRK2) is a regulator of GPCRs, in particular β-adrenergic receptors (ARs), and as demonstrated by decades of investigation, it has a pivotal role in the development and progression of cardiovascular disease, like heart failure (HF). Indeed elevated levels and activity of this kinase are able to promote the dysfunction of both cardiac and adrenal α- and β-ARs and to dysregulate other protective signaling pathway, such as sphingosine 1-phospate and insulin. Moreover, recent discoveries suggest that GRK2 can signal independently from GPCRs, in a 'non-canonical' manner, via interaction with non-GPCR molecule or via its mitochondrial localization...
January 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Lucie Hejnova, Jitka Skrabalova, Jiri Novotny
β-Adrenergic signaling plays an important role in regulating diverse brain functions and alterations in this signaling have been observed in different neuropathological conditions. In this study, we investigated the effect of a 10-day treatment with high doses of morphine (10 mg/kg per day) on major components and functional state of the β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) signaling system in the rat cerebral cortex. β-ARs were characterized by radioligand binding assays and amounts of various G protein subunits, adenylyl cyclase (AC) isoforms, G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs), and β-arrestin were examined by Western blot analysis...
December 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Renee Bouley, Helen V Waldschmidt, M Claire Cato, Alessandro Cannavo, Jianliang Song, Joseph Y Cheung, Xin-Qiu Yao, Walter J Koch, Scott D Larsen, John J G Tesmer
G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) phosphorylate activated receptors to promote arrestin binding, decoupling from heterotrimeric G proteins, and internalization. GRK2 and GRK5 are overexpressed in the failing heart and thus have become therapeutic targets. Previously, we discovered two classes of GRK2-selective inhibitors, one stemming from GSK180736A, a Rho-associated coiled-coil containing kinase 1 (ROCK1) inhibitor, the other from paroxetine, a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor. These two classes of compounds bind to the GRK2 active site in a similar configuration but contain different hinge-binding "warheads": indazole and benzodioxole, respectively...
December 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
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.]
Sebastian Barreto Ortiz, Daijiro Hori, Yohei Nomura, Xin Yun, Haiyang Jiang, Hwanmee Yong, James Chen, Sam Paek, Deepesh Pandey, Gautam Sikka, Anil Bhatta, Andrew Gillard, Jochen Steppan, Jae Hyung Kim, Hideo Adachi, Viachaslau Barodka, Lewis Romer, Steven S An, Larissa A Shimoda, Lakshmi Santhanam, Dan E Berkowitz
We recently demonstrated that blue light induces vasorelaxation in the systemic mouse circulation, a phenomenon mediated by the non-visual G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) melanopsin (opsin 4; Opn4). Here we tested the hypothesis that non-visual opsins mediate photorelaxation in the pulmonary circulation. We discovered Opsin 3 (Opn3), Opn4, and G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) in rat pulmonary arteries (PAs) and in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), where the opsins interact directly with GRK2 as demonstrated with a proximity ligation assay...
September 7, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Pierre-Yves Jean-Charles, Samuel Mon-Wei Yu, Dennis Abraham, Reddy Peera Kommaddi, Lan Mao, Ryan T Strachan, Zhu-Shan Zhang, Dawn E Bowles, Leigh Brian, Jonathan A Stiber, Stephen N Jones, Walter J Koch, Howard A Rockman, Sudha K Shenoy
The oncoprotein Mdm2 is a RING domain-containing E3 ubiquitin ligase that ubiquitinates G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) and β-arrestin2, thereby regulating β-adrenergic receptor (βAR) signaling and endocytosis. Previous studies showed that cardiac Mdm2 expression is critical for controlling p53-dependent apoptosis during early embryonic development, but the role of Mdm2 in the developed adult heart is unknown. We aimed to identify if Mdm2 affects βAR signaling and cardiac function in adult mice...
September 7, 2017: JCI Insight
Zhen-Qiang Wang, Chang-Yu He, Lei Hu, Hong-Peng Shi, Jian-Fang Li, Qin-Long Gu, Li-Ping Su, Bing-Ya Liu, Chen Li, Zhenggang Zhu
Increasing evidence demonstrates that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate gene and protein expression by exerting an influence on transcriptional and post-transcriptional processes. Here, we report that the lncRNA UCA1 increases the metastatic ability of gastric cancer (GC) cells by regulating GRK2 protein stability by promoting Cbl-c-mediated GRK2 ubiquitination and degradation. This process then activates the ERK-MMP9 signalling pathway. Furthermore, we demonstrate that GRK2 is downregulated in GC cells and that silencing of GRK2 might cause similar phenotypic changes and signalling pathway activation as those induced by elevated UCA1 in GC cells...
November 1, 2017: Cancer Letters
Antonio R Artalejo, Luis Alcides Olivos-Oré
Chromaffin cells from the adrenal medulla participate in stress responses by releasing catecholamines into the bloodstream. Main control of adrenal catecholamine secretion is exerted both neurally (by the splanchnic nerve fibers) and humorally (by corticosteroids, circulating noradrenaline, etc.). It should be noted, however, that secretory products themselves (catecholamines, ATP, opioids, ascorbic acid, chromogranins) could also influence the secretory response in an autocrine/paracrine manner. This form of control is activity-dependent and can be either inhibitory or excitatory...
August 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
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