Dual modulation of cell survival and cell death by beta(2)-adrenergic signaling in adult mouse cardiac myocytes.

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The goal of this study was to determine whether beta(1)-adrenergic receptor (AR) and beta(2)-AR differ in regulating cardiomyocyte survival and apoptosis and, if so, to explore underlying mechanisms. One potential mechanism is that cardiac beta(2)-AR can activate both G(s) and G(i) proteins, whereas cardiac beta(1)-AR couples only to G(s). To avoid complicated crosstalk between beta-AR subtypes, we expressed beta(1)-AR or beta(2)-AR individually in adult beta(1)/beta(2)-AR double knockout mouse cardiac myocytes by using adenoviral gene transfer. Stimulation of beta(1)-AR, but not beta(2)-AR, markedly induced myocyte apoptosis, as indicated by increased terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated UTP end labeling or Hoechst staining positive cells and DNA fragmentation. In contrast, beta(2)-AR (but not beta(1)-AR) stimulation elevated the activity of Akt, a powerful survival signal; this effect was fully abolished by inhibiting G(i), G(beta gamma), or phosphoinositide 3 kinase (PI3K) with pertussis toxin, beta ARK-ct (a peptide inhibitor of G(beta gamma)), or LY294002, respectively. This indicates that beta(2)-AR activates Akt via a G(i)-G(beta gamma)-PI3K pathway. More importantly, inhibition of the G(i)-G(beta gamma)-PI3K-Akt pathway converts beta(2)-AR signaling from survival to apoptotic. Thus, stimulation of a single class of receptors, beta(2)-ARs, elicits concurrent apoptotic and survival signals in cardiac myocytes. The survival effect appears to predominate and is mediated by the G(i)-G(beta gamma)-PI3K-Akt signaling pathway.

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Cited Authors

  • Zhu, WZ; Zheng, M; Koch, WJ; Lefkowitz, RJ; Kobilka, BK; Xiao, RP

Published Date

  • February 13, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1607 - 1612

PubMed ID

  • 11171998

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC29304

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.98.4.1607


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States