Formation of signaling complexes is crucial for the orchestration of fast, efficient, and specific signal transduction. Pharmacological disruption of defined signaling complexes has the potential for specific intervention in selected regulatory pathways without affecting organism-wide disruption of parallel pathways. Signaling by epinephrine and norepinephrine through α and β adrenergic receptors acts on many signaling pathways in many cell types. Here, we initially provide an overview of the signaling complexes formed between the paradigmatic β2 adrenergic receptor and two of its most important targets, the L-type Ca2+ channel CaV1.2 and the AMPA-type glutamate receptor. Importantly, both complexes contain the trimeric Gs protein, adenylyl cyclase, and the cAMP-dependent protein kinase, PKA. We then discuss the functional implications of the formation of these complexes, how those complexes can be specifically disrupted, and how such disruption could be utilized in the pharmacological treatment of disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology|
|State||Published - Jan 6 2020|
- adenylyl cyclase
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