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J Biol Chem. 2005 Mar 4;280(9):8041-50. Epub 2004 Dec 16.

beta-Arrestin 1 and Galphaq/11 coordinately activate RhoA and stress fiber formation following receptor stimulation.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA.


beta-Arrestins were initially shown, in conjunction with G protein-coupled receptor kinases, to be involved in the desensitization and internalization of activated seven-transmembrane receptors. Recently, beta-arrestin 2 has been shown to act as a signal mediator in mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades and to play a positive regulatory role in chemotaxis. We now show that beta-arrestin 1 is required to activate the small GTPase RhoA leading to the re-organization of stress fibers following the activation of the angiotensin II type 1A receptor. This angiotensin II type 1A receptor-directed RhoA activation and stress fiber formation also require the activation of the heterotrimeric G protein G(alphaq/11). Whereas neither beta-arrestin 1 nor G(alphaq/11) activation alone is sufficient to robustly activate RhoA, the concurrent recruitment of beta-arrestin 1 and activation of G(alphaq/11) leads to full activation of RhoA and to the subsequent formation of stress fibers.

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