Hyperactivation of Gq signaling causes cardiac hypertrophy, and β-adrenergic receptor-mediated Gs signaling is attenuated in hypertrophic cardiomyocytes. Here, we found the increase in a global ubiquitination in hypertrophic mouse heart. The activation of Gq signaling resulted in the ubiquitination of Gαs in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes, reduced Gαs expression, and suppressed cAMP response to β-adrenergic receptor stimulation. Ectopic expression of Gαq induced a similar suppression, which is due to the degradation of Gαs by a ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. Co-expression of Ric-8B, a positive regulator of Gαs, effectively canceled the Gαq-induced ubiquitination of Gαs and recovered the cAMP accumulation. In vitro, Gαq competes for the binding of Gαs to Ric-8B. These data show a new role of Ric-8B in the crosstalk of two distinct G protein signaling pathways, which are possibly involved in a part of mechanisms of chronic heart failure.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cell Biology