Beta-arrestins and cell signaling.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Upon their discovery, beta-arrestins 1 and 2 were named for their capacity to sterically hinder the G protein coupling of agonist-activated seven-transmembrane receptors, ultimately resulting in receptor desensitization. Surprisingly, recent evidence shows that beta-arrestins can also function to activate signaling cascades independently of G protein activation. By serving as multiprotein scaffolds, the beta-arrestins bring elements of specific signaling pathways into close proximity. beta-Arrestin regulation has been demonstrated for an ever-increasing number of signaling molecules, including the mitogen-activated protein kinases ERK, JNK, and p38 as well as Akt, PI3 kinase, and RhoA. In addition, investigators are discovering new roles for beta-arrestins in nuclear functions. Here, we review the signaling capacities of these versatile adapter molecules and discuss the possible implications for cellular processes such as chemotaxis and apoptosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • DeWire, SM; Ahn, S; Lefkowitz, RJ; Shenoy, SK

Published Date

  • 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 /

Start / End Page

  • 483 - 510

PubMed ID

  • 17305471

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17305471

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0066-4278

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/annurev.physiol.69.022405.154749


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States