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Published January 14, 2011 | Supplemental Material + Published
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Synergistic Ca^(2+) Responses by Gα_i- and Gα_q-coupled G-protein-coupled Receptors Require a Single PLCβ Isoform That Is Sensitive to Both Gβ_γ and Gα_q


Cross-talk between Gα_i- and Gα_q-linked G-protein-coupled receptors yields synergistic Ca^(2+) responses in a variety of cell types. Prior studies have shown that synergistic Ca^(2+) responses from macrophage G-protein-coupled receptors are primarily dependent on phospholipase Cβ3 (PLCβ3), with a possible contribution of PLCβ2, whereas signaling through PLCβ4 interferes with synergy. We here show that synergy can be induced by the combination of Gβγ and Gαq activation of a single PLCβ isoform. Synergy was absent in macrophages lacking both PLCβ2 and PLCβ3, but it was fully reconstituted following transduction with PLCβ3 alone. Mechanisms of PLCβ-mediated synergy were further explored in NIH-3T3 cells, which express little if any PLCβ2. RNAi-mediated knockdown of endogenous PLCβs demonstrated that synergy in these cells was dependent on PLCβ3, but PLCβ1 and PLCβ4 did not contribute, and overexpression of either isoform inhibited Ca^(2+) synergy. When synergy was blocked by RNAi of endogenous PLCβ3, it could be reconstituted by expression of either human PLCβ3 or mouse PLCβ2. In contrast, it could not be reconstituted by human PLCβ3 with a mutation of the Y box, which disrupted activation by Gβγ, and it was only partially restored by human PLCβ3 with a mutation of the C terminus, which partly disrupted activation by Gα_q. Thus, both Gβγ and Gα_q contribute to activation of PLCβ3 in cells for Ca^(2+) synergy. We conclude that Ca^(2+) synergy between Gα_i-coupled and Gα_q-coupled receptors requires the direct action of both Gβγ and Gαq on PLCβ and is mediated primarily by PLCβ3, although PLCβ2 is also competent.

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© 2011 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. Received for publication, October 26, 2010 Published, JBC Papers in Press, October 29, 2010. This work was supported, in whole or in part, by National Institutes of Health Grants GM 62114 and GM 30355 (to E. M. R.). This work was also supported by Welch Foundation Grant I-0982 (to E. M. R.). We thank our colleagues in the Alliance for Cellular Signaling for helpful insight and critiques of the project. We also thank Lily I. Jiang (University of Texas Southwestern) for plasmids and Rose Finley (San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center) for excellent technical assistance.

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