Dynamic protein kinase a activities induced by β-adrenoceptors dictate signaling propagation for substrate phosphorylation and myocyte contraction

Dagoberto Soto, Vania De Arcangelis, Jin Zhang, Yang Xiang

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CAMP/protein kinase (PK)A activation represents a key signaling mechanism for neurohormonal stimulation of diversified physiological processes. Using real-time, fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based imaging of PKA activity in neonatal cardiac myocytes, we report that sustained activation of PKA induced by β-adrenoceptor (βAR) dictates signaling propagation for substrate phosphorylation and myocyte contraction. Activation of βARs in wild-type myocytes induces strong and sustained PKA activities, which are rapidly attenuated on washing away agonist or adding antagonist to the cells. The sustained PKA activities promote signaling propagation to the sarcoplasmic reticulum for phosphorylation of phospholamban and increases in myocyte contraction. Addition of antagonist after βAR stimulation significantly attenuates PKA phosphorylation of phospholamban and rapidly reduces contraction rate increases. Moreover, stimulation of β1AR subtype induces PKA activities similar to those in wild-type cells. In contrast, stimulation of β2AR subtype induces strong initial activation of PKA similar to those induced by β1AR; however, the activities are rapidly decreased to baseline levels. The transient PKA activities are sufficient for phosphorylation of the overexpressed β2ARs under agonist stimulation, but not phospholamban. Further analysis reveals that phosphodiesterase 4 is the major family that shapes PKA activities under βAR stimulation. Inhibition of phosphodiesterase 4 extends β2AR-induced PKA activities, promotes PKA phosphorylation of phospholamban, and ultimately enhances myocyte contraction responses. Together, our data have revealed insights into kinetics of PKA activities in signaling propagation under neurohormonal stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)770-779
Number of pages10
JournalCirculation Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 27 2009


  • Adrenergic receptor
  • Contraction
  • Phospholamban
  • Protein kinase A phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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