Differential association of phosphodiesterase 4D isoforms with β2-adrenoceptor in cardiac myocytes

Vania De Arcangelis, Ruijie Liu, Dagoberto Soto, Yang Kevin Xiang

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cAMP and protein kinase A (PKA) activation represents a key signaling mechanism upon β-adrenergic stimulation under stress. Both β1- and β2-adrenoreceptor (ARs) subtypes induce cAMP accumulation, yet play distinct roles in cardiac contraction and myocyte apoptosis. Differences in controlling cAMP/PKA activities through the assembly of complexes between the receptors and cAMP-specific phosphodiesterases contribute to the distinct biological outcomes. Here, we demonstrate that β2ARs form signaling complexes with a set of PDE4D isoforms expressed in cardiac myocytes. PDE4D9 and PDE4D8 bind to the β2AR at resting conditions; however, agonist stimulation induces dissociation of PDE4D9 from the receptor but recruitment of PDE4D8 to the receptor. Agonist stimulation also induces recruitment of PDE4D5 to the β2AR. Moreover, the receptor-associated PDE4D isoforms play distinct roles in controlling cAMP activities and regulating the PKA phosphorylation of the receptor and myocyte contraction rate responses. Knockdown of PDE4D9 with short hairpin RNA enhances the β2AR-induced cAMP signaling, whereas knockdown of PDE4D8 only slightly prolongs the receptor-induced cAMP signaling in myocytes. Inhibition of PDE4D9 and PDE4D5 enhances the base-line levels of contraction rates, whereas inhibition of PDE4D9 and PDE4D8 enhances the maximal contraction rate increases upon activation of β2AR. Our data underscore the complex regulation of intracellular cAMP by β2AR- associated phosphodiesterase enzymes to enforce the specificity of the receptor signaling for physiological responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33824-33832
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number49
StatePublished - Dec 4 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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