Cyclic AMP signalling in Dictyostelium: G-proteins activate separate Ras pathways using specific RasGEFs

Kae, H., Kortholt, A., Rehmann, H., Insall, R. H. , Van Haastert, P. J.M., Spiegelman, G. B. and Weeks, G. (2007) Cyclic AMP signalling in Dictyostelium: G-proteins activate separate Ras pathways using specific RasGEFs. EMBO Reports, 8(5), pp. 477-482. (doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7400936) (PMID:17380187) (PMCID:PMC1866193)

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Abstract

In general, mammalian Ras guanine nucleotide exchange factors (RasGEFs) show little substrate specificity, although they are often thought to regulate specific pathways. Here, we provide in vitro and in vivo evidence that two RasGEFs can each act on specific Ras proteins. During Dictyostelium development, RasC and RasG are activated in response to cyclic AMP, with each regulating different downstream functions: RasG regulates chemotaxis and RasC is responsible for adenylyl cyclase activation. RasC activation was abolished in a gefA− mutant, whereas RasG activation was normal in this strain, indicating that RasGEFA activates RasC but not RasG. Conversely, RasC activation was normal in a gefR− mutant, whereas RasG activation was greatly reduced, indicating that RasGEFR activates RasG. These results were confirmed by the finding that RasGEFA and RasGEFR specifically released GDP from RasC and RasG, respectively, in vitro. This RasGEF target specificity provides a mechanism for one upstream signal to regulate two downstream processes using independent pathways.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Insall, Professor Robert
Authors: Kae, H., Kortholt, A., Rehmann, H., Insall, R. H., Van Haastert, P. J.M., Spiegelman, G. B., and Weeks, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:EMBO Reports
Publisher:EMBO Press
ISSN:1469-221X
ISSN (Online):1469-3178
Published Online:23 March 2007

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