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Nat Chem Biol. 2011 May;7(5):278-84. doi: 10.1038/nchembio.545. Epub 2011 Mar 27.

Retromer terminates the generation of cAMP by internalized PTH receptors.

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Laboratory for GPCR Biology, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


The generation of cAMP by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and its termination are currently thought to occur exclusively at the plasma membrane of cells. Under existing models of receptor regulation, this signal is primarily restricted by desensitization of the receptors through their binding to β-arrestins. However, this paradigm is not consistent with recent observations that the parathyroid hormone receptor type 1 (PTHR) continues to stimulate cAMP production even after receptor internalization, as β-arrestins are known to rapidly bind and internalize activated PTHR. Here we show that binding to β-arrestin1 prolongs rather than terminates the generation of cAMP by PTHR, and that cAMP generation correlates with the persistence of arrestin-receptor complexes on endosomes. PTHR signaling is instead turned off by the retromer complex, which regulates the movement of internalized receptor from endosomes to the Golgi apparatus. Thus, binding by the retromer complex regulates the sustained generation of cAMP triggered by an internalized GPCR.

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