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J Biol Chem. 2005 Mar 25;280(12):11134-9. Epub 2005 Jan 4.

The guanine nucleotide exchange factor p63RhoGEF, a specific link between Gq/11-coupled receptor signaling and RhoA.

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  • 1Institut für Pharmakologie und Toxikologie, Fakultät für Klinische Medizin Mannheim, Universität Heidelberg, Maybachstrasse 14-16, D-68169 Mannheim, Germany.


The monomeric GTPase RhoA, which is a key regulator of numerous cellular processes, is activated by a variety of G protein-coupled receptors, through either G12 or G(q) family proteins. Here we report that p63RhoGEF, a recently identified RhoA-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor, enhances the Rho-dependent gene transcription induced by agonist-stimulated G(q/11)-coupled receptors (M3-cholinoceptor, histamine H1 receptor) or GTPase-deficient mutants of G alpha(q) and G alpha11. We further demonstrate that active G alpha(q) or G alpha11, but not G alpha12 or G alpha13, strongly enhances p63RhoGEF-induced RhoA activation by direct protein-protein interaction with p63RhoGEF at its C-terminal half. Moreover, the activation of p63RhoGEF by G alpha(q/11) occurs independently of and in competition to the activation of the canonical G alpha(q/11) effector phospholipase C beta. Therefore, our results elucidate a new signaling pathway by which G alpha(q/11)-coupled receptors specifically induce Rho signaling through a direct interaction of activated G alpha(q/11) subunits with p63RhoGEF.

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