Site-specific Phosphorylation of CXCR4 Is Dynamically Regulated by Multiple Kinases and Results in Differential Modulation of CXCR4 Signaling

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 03/2010; 285(10):7805-17. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M109.091173
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The chemokine receptor CXCR4 is a widely expressed G protein-coupled receptor that has been implicated in a number of diseases including human immunodeficiency virus, cancer, and WHIM syndrome, with the latter two involving dysregulation of CXCR4 signaling. To better understand the role of phosphorylation in regulating CXCR4 signaling, tandem mass spectrometry and phospho-specific antibodies were used to identify sites of agonist-promoted phosphorylation. These studies demonstrated that Ser-321, Ser-324, Ser-325, Ser-330, Ser-339, and two sites between Ser-346 and Ser-352 were phosphorylated in HEK293 cells. We show that Ser-324/5 was rapidly phosphorylated by protein kinase C and G protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) upon CXCL12 treatment, whereas Ser-339 was specifically and rapidly phosphorylated by GRK6. Ser-330 was also phosphorylated by GRK6, albeit with slower kinetics. Similar results were observed in human astroglia cells, where endogenous CXCR4 was rapidly phosphorylated on Ser-324/5 by protein kinase C after CXCL12 treatment, whereas Ser-330 was slowly phosphorylated. Analysis of CXCR4 signaling in HEK293 cells revealed that calcium mobilization was primarily negatively regulated by GRK2, GRK6, and arrestin3, whereas GRK3, GRK6, and arrestin2 played a primary role in positively regulating ERK1/2 activation. In contrast, GRK2 appeared to play a negative role in ERK1/2 activation. Finally, we show that arrestin association with CXCR4 is primarily driven by the phosphorylation of far C-terminal residues on the receptor. These studies reveal that site-specific phosphorylation of CXCR4 is dynamically regulated by multiple kinases resulting in both positive and negative modulation of CXCR4 signaling.

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    • "The mechanism by which GRKs determine whether to promote GPCR desensitization or G protein-independent signaling remains unclear. Several studies have focused on the GRK subfamily that mediates desensitization or GRK/β-arrestin signaling [46,47,65,66]. It has been shown that the phosphorylation of AT1AR by GRK2 and GRK3 induces GPCR desensitization and internalization, whereas phosphorylation by GRK5 leads to β-arrestin-dependent ERK activation [46]. "
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    • "SDF-1 Uses b-Arrestin1 and CXCR4 Structures in Neuroblastoma further support of our results, both b-arrestin1 and 2 were previously shown to conditionally associate with the CXCR4 tail region upon SDF-1 stimulation of HEK293 cells, and did so via a mechanism requiring a similar carboxyl-terminal region of CXCR4 (Busillo et al., 2010). In contrast, our results suggest that another b-arrestin binding site reportedly located within the third intracellular loop of CXCR4 (Roland et al., 2003), which was intact in all our CXCR4 mutants, either does not bind b-arrestin1 in Fig. 8. GRK2 participates in regulating CXCR4 cell-surface levels and internalization. "
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    • "Specifically, GRK5 and 6 have been reported to compete with GRK2 and 3 for the phosphorylation of different receptors, with GRK5 and 6 promoting b-arrestin-dependent ERK activation whereas GRK2 and GRK3 inhibit the same pathway (Heitzler et al., 2012; Kim et al., 2005; Ren et al., 2005). Recent studies have provided direct evidence of the phosphorylation bar code for different GPCRs (Busillo et al., 2010; Butcher et al., 2011; Lau et al., 2011; Nobles et al., 2011). In particular, isoproterenol , a full agonist at the b2AR, was compared with carvedilol, a weak b-arrestin-biased ligand, in control cells or in cells depleted of either GRK6 or GRK2 (Nobles et al., 2011). "
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