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The proliferative and antiapoptotic effects of substance P are facilitated by formation of a β-arrestin-dependent scaffolding complex

By K. A. DeFea, Z. D. Vaughn, E. M. O'Bryan, D. Nishijima, O. Déry and N. W. Bunnett


A requirement for scaffolding complexes containing internalized G protein-coupled receptors and β-arrestins in the activation and subcellular localization of extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) has recently been proposed. However, the composition of these complexes and the importance of this requirement for function of ERK1/2 appear to differ between receptors. Here we report that substance P (SP) activation of neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R) stimulates the formation of a scaffolding complex comprising internalized receptor, β-arrestin, src, and ERK1/2 (detected by gel filtration, immunoprecipitation, and immunofluorescence). Inhibition of complex formation, by expression of dominant-negative β-arrestin or a truncated NK1R that fails to interact with β-arrestin, inhibits both SP-stimulated endocytosis of the NK1R and activation of ERK1/2, which is required for the proliferative and antiapoptotic effects of SP. Thus, formation of a β-arrestin-containing complex facilitates the proliferative and antiapoptotic effects of SP, and these effects of SP could be diminished in cells expressing truncated NK1R corresponding to a naturally occurring variant

Topics: Biological Sciences
Publisher: The National Academy of Sciences
Year: 2000
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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