o/i-stimulated proteosomal degradation of RGS20: A mechanism for temporal integration of Gs and Gi pathways

Mario Pagano, J. Dedrick Jordan, Susana R. Neves, Tracy Nguyen, Ravi Iyengar

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The Gs and Gi pathways interact to control the levels of intracellular cAMP. Although coincident signaling through Gs and Gi-coupled receptors can attenuate Gs-stimulated cAMP levels, it is not known if prior activation of the Gi pathway can affect signaling by Gs-coupled receptors. We have found that activated Gαo/i interact with RGS20, a GTPase activating protein for members of the Gαο/i family. Interaction between Gαo/i and RGS20 results in decreased cellular levels of RGS20. This decrease was induced by activated Gαo and Gαi2 but not by Gαq, Gαi1 or Gαi3. The Gαo/i-induced decrease in RGS20 can be blocked by proteasomal inhibitors lactacystin or MG132. Activated Gαo stimulates the ubiquitination of RGS20. The serotonin-1A receptor that couples to Go/i reduces the levels of RGS20 and this effect is blocked by lactacystin, suggesting that Go/i promotes the degradation of RGS20. Expression of RGS20 attenuates the inhibition of β-adrenergic receptor-induced cAMP levels mediated by the serotonin-1A receptor. Prior activation of the serotonin-1A receptor results in loss of the RGS20-mediated attenuation, and the loss of attenuation is blocked when lactacystin is included during the prior treatment. These observations suggest that Go/i-coupled receptors, by stimulating the degradation of RGS20, can regulate how subsequent activation of the Gs and Gi pathways controls cellular cAMP levels, thus allowing for signal integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1190-1197
Number of pages8
JournalCellular Signalling
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • G
  • RGS20
  • cAMP


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