Src-mediated RGS16 tyrosine phosphorylation promotes RGS16 stability

Alexandrine Derrien, Bin Zheng, James L. Osterhout, Yong Chao Ma, Graeme Milligan, Marilyn G. Farquhar, Kirk M. Druey*

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The amplitude of signaling evoked by stimulation of G protein-coupled receptors may be controlled in part by the GTPase accelerating activity of the regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins. In turn, subcellular targeting, protein-protein interactions, or post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation may shape RGS activity and specificity. We found previously that RGS16 undergoes tyrosine phosphorylation on conserved tyrosine residues in the RGS box. Phosphorylation on Tyr168 was mediated by the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). We show here that endogenous RGS16 is phosphorylated after epidermal growth factor stimulation of MCF-7 cells. In addition, p60-Src or Lyn kinase phosphorylated recombinant RGS16 in vitro, and RGS16 underwent phosphorylation in the presence of constitutively active Src (Y529F) in EGFR- CHO-K1 cells. Blockade of endogenous Src activity by selective inhibitors attenuated RGS16 phosphorylation induced by pervanadate or receptor stimulation. Furthermore, the rate of RGS16 degradation was reduced in cells expressing active Src or treated with pervanadate or a G protein-coupled receptor ligand (CXCL12). Induction of RGS16 tyrosine phosphorylation was associated with increased RGS16 protein levels and enhanced GAP activity in cell membranes. These results suggest that Src mediates RGS16 tyrosine phosphorylation, which may promote RGS16 stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16107-16116
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number18
StatePublished - May 2 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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