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    The RhoA regulators Myo9b and GEF-H1 are targets of cyclic nucleotide-dependent kinases in platelets
    Background: Circulating platelets are maintained in an inactive state by the endothelial lining of the vasculature. Endothelium-derived prostacyclin and nitric oxide stimulate cAMP- and cGMP-dependent kinases, PKA and PKG, to inhibit platelets. PKA and PKG effects include the inhibition of the GTPase RhoA, which has been suggested to involve the direct phosphorylation of RhoA on serine 188. Objectives: We wanted to confirm RhoA S188 phosphorylation by cyclic nucleotide-dependent kinases and to identify possible alternative mechanisms of RhoA regulation in platelets. Methods: Phosphoproteomics data of human platelets were used to identify candidate PKA and PKG substrates. Phosphorylation of individual proteins was studied by Western blotting and Phos-tag gel electrophoresis in human platelets and transfected HEK293T cells. Pull-down assays were performed to analyze protein interaction and function. Results: Our data indicate that RhoA is not phosphorylated by PKA in platelets. Instead, we provide evidence that cyclic nucleotide effects are mediated through the phosphorylation of the RhoA-specific GTPase-activating protein Myo9b and the guanine nucleotide exchange factor GEF-H1. We identify Myo9b S1354 and guanine nucleotide exchange factor-H1 (GEF-H1) S886 as PKA and PKG phosphorylation sites. Myo9b S1354 phosphorylation enhances its GTPase activating protein function leading to reduced RhoA-GTP levels. GEF-H1 S886 phosphorylation stimulates binding of 14-3-3β and has been shown to inhibit GEF function by facilitating binding of GEF-H1 to microtubules. Microtubule disruption increases RhoA-GTP levels confirming the importance of GEF-H1 in platelets. Conclusion: Phosphorylation of RhoA regulatory proteins Myo9b and GEF-H1, but not RhoA itself, is involved in cyclic nucleotide-mediated control of RhoA in human platelets.
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    Cyclic Nucleotide Dependent Dephosphorylation of Regulator of G-protein Signaling 18 in Human Platelets
    (Public Library of Science, 2013-11) ; ;
    Regulator of G-protein signaling 18 (RGS18) is a GTPase-activating protein that turns off Gq signaling in platelets. RGS18 is regulated by binding to the adaptor protein 14-3-3 via phosphorylated serine residues S49 and S218 on RGS18. In this study we confirm that thrombin, thromboxane A2, or ADP stimulate the interaction of RGS18 and 14-3-3 by increasing the phosphorylation of S49. Cyclic AMP- and cyclic GMP-dependent kinases (PKA, PKG) inhibit the interaction of RGS18 and 14-3-3 by phosphorylating S216. To understand the effect of S216 phosphorylation we studied the phosphorylation kinetics of S49, S216, and S218 using Phos-tag gels and phosphorylation site-specific antibodies in transfected cells and in platelets. Cyclic nucleotide-induced detachment of 14-3-3 from RGS18 coincides initially with double phosphorylation of S216 and S218. This is followed by dephosphorylation of S49 and S218. Dephosphorylation of S49 and S218 might be mediated by protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) which is linked to RGS18 by the regulatory subunit PPP1R9B (spinophilin). We conclude that PKA and PKG induced S216 phosphorylation triggers the dephosphorylation of the 14-3-3 binding sites of RGS18 in platelets.
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    Cyclic Nucleotide-dependent Protein Kinases Target ARHGAP17 and ARHGEF6 Complexes in Platelets
    (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2015-12-11) ; ; ; ;
    Endothelial cells release prostacyclin (PGI2) and nitric oxide (NO) to inhibit platelet functions. PGI2 and NO effects are mediated by cyclic nucleotides, cAMP- and cGMP-dependent protein kinases (PKA, PKG), and largely unknown PKA and PKG substrate proteins. The small G-protein Rac1 plays a key role in platelets and was suggested to be a target of cyclic nucleotide signaling. We confirm that PKA and PKG activation reduces Rac1-GTP levels. Screening for potential mediators of this effect resulted in the identification of the Rac1-specific GTPase-activating protein ARHGAP17 and the guanine nucleotide exchange factor ARHGEF6 as new PKA and PKG substrates in platelets. We mapped the PKA/PKG phosphorylation sites to serine 702 on ARHGAP17 using Phos-tag gels and to serine 684 on ARHGEF6. We show that ARHGAP17 binds to the actin-regulating CIP4 protein in platelets and that Ser-702 phosphorylation interferes with this interaction. Reduced CIP4 binding results in enhanced inhibition of cell migration by ARHGAP17. Furthermore, we show that ARHGEF6 is constitutively linked to GIT1, a GAP of Arf family small G proteins, and that ARHGEF6 phosphorylation enables binding of the 14-3-3 adaptor protein to the ARHGEF6/GIT1 complex. PKA and PKG induced rearrangement of ARHGAP17- and ARHGEF6-associated protein complexes might contribute to Rac1 regulation and platelet inhibition.
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    Analysis of Protein Phosphorylation Using Phos-Tag Gels
    Phos-tag gels are recent tools to dissect protein phosphorylation that operate by inducing a shift in the electrophoretic mobility of phosphorylated proteins compared to their nonphosphorylated counterparts. This article describes the preparation and electrophoresis of Zn2+ -Phos-tag gels along with electrotransfer of the separated phospho- and nonphosphoproteins onto a PVDF membrane using either wet-tank or semidry transfer. We also discuss the theory behind the technology with critical parameters to keep in mind for its successful application.
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