American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology

Inhibition of Gαi activity by Gβγ is mediated by PI 3-kinase-γ- and cSrc-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation of Gαi and recruitment of RGS12.

PMID 24578342


Others and we have characterized several Gβγ-dependent effectors in smooth muscle, including G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2), PLCβ3, and phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase-γ, and have identified various signaling targets downstream of PI 3-kinase-γ, including cSrc, integrin-linked kinase, and Rac1-Cdc42/p21-activated kinase/p38 MAP kinase. This study identified a novel mechanism whereby Gβγ acting via PI 3-kinase-γ and cSrc exerts an inhibitory influence on Gαi activity. The Gi2-coupled δ-opioid receptor agonist d-penicillamine (2,5)-enkephalin (DPDPE) activated cSrc, stimulated tyrosine phosphorylation of Gαi2, and induced regulator of G protein signaling 12 (RGS12) association; all three events were blocked by PI 3-kinase (LY294002) and cSrc (PP2) inhibitors and by expression of the COOH-terminal sequence of GRK2-(495-689), a Gβγ-scavenging peptide. Inhibition of forskolin-stimulated cAMP and muscle relaxation by DPDPE was augmented by PP2, LY294002, and a selective PI 3-kinase-γ inhibitor, AS-605420. Expression of tyrosine-deficient (Y69F, Y231F, or Y321F) Gαi2 mutant or knockdown of RGS12 blocked Gαi2 phosphorylation and Gαi2-RGS12 association and caused greater inhibition of cAMP. Parallel studies using somatostatin, cyclopentyl adenosine, or ACh to activate, respectively, Gi1-coupled somatostatin (sstr3) receptors, and Gi3-coupled adenosine A1 or muscarinic m2 receptors elicited cSrc activation, Gαi1 or Gαi3 phosphorylation, Gαi1-RGS12 or Gαi3-RGS12 association, and inhibition of cAMP. Inhibition of cAMP and muscle relaxation was greatly increased by AS-605240 and PP2. The results demonstrate that Gβγ-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation of Gαi1/2/3 by cSrc facilitated recruitment of RGS12, a Gαi-specific RGS protein with a unique phosphotyrosine-binding domain, resulting in rapid deactivation of Gαi and facilitation of smooth muscle relaxation.