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Regulation of cardiac cAMP synthesis and contractility by nucleoside diphosphate kinase B/G protein beta gamma dimer complexes.

Authors: Hippe, HJ  Luedde, M  Lutz, S  Koehler, H  Eschenhagen, T  Frey, N  Katus, HA  Wieland, T  Niroomand, F 
Citation: Hippe HJ, etal., Circ Res. 2007 Apr 27;100(8):1191-9. Epub 2007 Mar 15.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:17363702
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1161/

Heterotrimeric G proteins are pivotal regulators of myocardial contractility. In addition to the receptor-induced GDP/GTP exchange, G protein alpha subunits can be activated by a phosphate transfer via a plasma membrane-associated complex of nucleoside diphosphate kinase B (NDPK B) and G protein betagamma-dimers (Gbetagamma). To investigate the physiological role of this phosphate transfer in cardiomyocytes, we generated a Gbeta1gamma2-dimer carrying a single amino acid exchange at the intermediately phosphorylated His-266 in the beta1 subunit (Gbeta1H266Lgamma2). Recombinantly expressed Gbeta1H266Lgamma2 were integrated into heterotrimeric G proteins in rat cardiomyocytes but were deficient in intermediate Gbeta phosphorylation. Compared with wild-type Gbeta1gamma2 (Gbeta1WTgamma2), overexpression of Gbeta1H266Lgamma2 suppressed basal cAMP formation up to 55%. A similar decrease in basal cAMP production occurred when the formation of NDPK B/Gbetagamma complexes was attenuated by siRNA-mediated NDPK B knockdown. In adult rat cardiomyocytes expressing Gbeta1H266Lgamma2, the basal contractility was suppressed by approximately 50% which correlated to similarly reduced basal cAMP levels and reduced Ser16-phosphorylation of phospholamban. In the presence of the beta-adrenoceptor agonist isoproterenol, the total cAMP formation and contractility were significantly lower in Gbeta1H266Lgamma2 than in Gbeta1WTgamma2 expressing cardiomyocytes. However, the relative isoproterenol-induced increased was not affected by Gbeta1H266Lgamma2. We conclude that the receptor-independent activation of G proteins via NDPK B/Gbetagamma complexes requires the intermediate phosphorylation of G protein beta subunits at His-266. Our results highlight the histidine kinase activity of NDPK B for Gbeta and demonstrate its contribution to the receptor-independent regulation of cAMP synthesis and contractility in intact cardiomyocytes.


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CRRD ID: 2299078
Created: 2008-08-11
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Last Modified: 2008-08-11
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