Specificity of arrestin subtypes in regulating airway smooth muscle G protein-coupled receptor signaling and function.

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Arrestins have been shown to regulate numerous G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in studies employing receptor/arrestin overexpression in artificial cell systems. Which arrestin isoforms regulate which GPCRs in primary cell types is poorly understood. We sought to determine the effect of β-arrestin-1 or β-arrestin-2 inhibition or gene ablation on signaling and function of multiple GPCRs endogenously expressed in airway smooth muscle (ASM). In vitro [second messenger (calcium, cAMP generation)], ex vivo (ASM tension generation in suspended airway), and in vivo (invasive airway resistance) analyses were performed on human ASM cells and murine airways/whole animal subject to β-arrestin-1 or -2 knockdown or knockout (KO). In both human and murine model systems, knockdown or KO of β-arrestin-2 relative to control missense small interfering RNA or wild-type mice selectively increased (40-60%) β2-adrenoceptor signaling and function. β-arrestin-1 knockdown or KO had no effect on signaling and function of β2-adrenoceptor or numerous procontractile GPCRs, but selectively inhibited M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor signaling (∼50%) and function (∼25% ex vivo, >50% in vivo) without affecting EC50 values. Arrestin subtypes differentially regulate ASM GPCRs and β-arrestin-1 inhibition represents a novel approach to managing bronchospasm in obstructive lung diseases.

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Cited Authors

  • Pera, T; Hegde, A; Deshpande, DA; Morgan, SJ; Tiegs, BC; Theriot, BS; Choi, YH; Walker, JKL; Penn, RB

Published Date

  • October 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 4227 - 4235

PubMed ID

  • 26103985

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4566941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-6860

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0892-6638

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1096/fj.15-273094


  • eng