Arrestin-2 and G protein-coupled receptor kinase 5 interact with NFkappa B1 p105 and negatively regulate lipopolysaccharide-stimulated ERK1/2 activation in macrophages

Parameswaran N, Pao CS, Leonhard KS, Kang DS, Kratz M, Ley SC, Benovic JL
Source: J Biol Chem
Publication Date: (2006)
Issue: 281(45): 34159-70
Research Area:
Cancer Research/Cell Biology
Immunotherapy / Hematology
Cells used in publication:
RAW 264.7
Species: mouse
Tissue Origin: blood
Nucleofectorâ„¢ I/II/2b
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a recently described receptor class involved in the regulation of innate and adaptive immunity. Here, we demonstrate that arrestin-2 and GRK5 (G protein-coupled receptor kinase 5), proteins that regulate G protein-coupled receptor signaling, play a negative role in TLR4 signaling in Raw264.7 macrophages. We find that lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced ERK1/2 phosphorylation is significantly enhanced in arrestin-2 and GRK5 knockdown cells. To elucidate the mechanisms involved, we tested the effect of arrestin-2 and GRK5 knockdown on LPS-stimulated signaling components that are upstream of ERK phosphorylation. Upon LPS stimulation, IkappaB kinase promotes phosphorylation and degradation of NFkappaB1 p105 (p105), which releases TPL2 (a MAP3K), which phosphorylates MEK1/2, which in turn phosphorylates ERK1/2. We demonstrate that knockdown of arrestin-2 leads to enhanced LPS-induced phosphorylation and degradation of p105, enhanced TPL2 release, and enhanced MEK1/2 phosphorylation. GRK5 knockdown also results in enhanced IkappaB kinase-mediated p105 phosphorylation and degradation, whereas GRK2 and GRK6 knockdown have no effect on this pathway. In vitro analysis demonstrates that arrestin-2 directly binds to the COOH-terminal domain of p105, whereas GRK5 binds to and phosphorylates p105. Taken together, these results suggest that p105 phosphorylation by GRK5 and binding of arrestin-2 negatively regulates LPS-stimulated ERK activation. These results reveal that arrestin-2 and GRK5 are important negative regulatory components in TLR4 signaling.