Ric-8 enhances G protein βγ-dependent signaling in response to βγ-binding peptides in intact cells

Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, United States
Molecular Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 4.13). 08/2005; 68(1):129-36. DOI: 10.1124/mol.104.010116
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ABSTRACT Peptides derived from a random-peptide phage display screen with purified Gbeta(1)gamma(2) subunits as the target promote the dissociation of G protein heterotrimers in vitro and activate G protein signaling in intact cells. In vitro, one of these peptides (SIRKALNILGYPDYD; SIRK) promotes subunit dissociation by binding directly to Gbetagamma subunits and accelerating the dissociation of GalphaGDP without catalyzing nucleotide exchange. The experiments described here were designed to test whether the mechanism of SIRK action in vitro is in fact the mechanism of action in intact cells. We created a mutant of Gbeta(1) subunits (beta(1)W332A) that does not bind SIRK in vitro. Transfection of Gbeta(1)W332A mutant into Chinese hamster ovary cells blocked peptide-mediated activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), but it did not affect receptor-mediated Gbetagamma subunit-dependent ERK activation, indicating that Gbetagamma subunits are in fact the direct target in cells responsible for ERK activation. To determine whether free Galpha subunits were released from G protein heterotrimers upon peptide treatment, cells were transfected with Ric-8A, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for free GalphaGDP, but not heterotrimeric G proteins. Ric-8A-transfected cells displayed enhanced myristoyl-SIRKALNILGYPDYD (mSIRK)-dependent inositol phosphate (IP) release and ERK activation. Ric-8A also enhanced ERK activation by the G(i)-linked G protein coupled receptor agonist lysophosphatidic acid. Inhibitors of Gbetagamma subunit function blocked Ric-8-enhanced activation of ERK and IP release. These results suggest that one potential function of Ric-8 in cells is to enhance G protein Gbetagamma subunit signaling. Overall, these experiments provide further support for the hypothesis that mSIRK promotes G protein subunit dissociation to release free betagamma subunits in intact cells.

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    • "A recent report has demonstrated that AC5 (type V adenylate cyclase) interacts with Ric8A through directly interacting at its N-terminus, and the activity of AC5 via a Gα i -dependent pathway is suppressed by the binding of Ric8A to the Nterminus of AC5 (S. C. Wang et al. 2007, 2009). Although it is not entirely clear that release of free Gβγ subunits is a mechanism that occurs within these Ric8/G-protein signaling pathways, it is worth speculating that a potential function of Ric8 is to enhance Gβγ subunit signaling (Malik et al. 2005). Thus, the interaction between MoRic8 and Mac1 will need to be clarified, and the roles of MoRic8 in the M. oryzae Pmk1 MAPK pathway in regulating appressorium development will also be investigated in future. "
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