The nonselective cation channel TRPV4 inhibits angiotensin II receptors

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G-protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs) are a ubiquitously expressed family of receptor proteins that regulate many physiological functions and other proteins. They act through two dis-sociable signaling pathways: the exchange of GDP to GTP by linked G-proteins and the recruitment of b-arrestins. GPCRs modulate several members of the transient receptor potential (TRP) channel family of nonselective cation channels. How TRP channels reciprocally regulate GPCR signaling is less well-explored. Here, using an array of biochemical approaches, including immunoprecipitation and fluorescence, calcium imaging, phosphate radiolabeling, and a b-arrestin–dependent luciferase assay, we characterize a GPCR–TRP channel pair, angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AT1R), and transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4), in primary murine choroid plexus epithelial cells and immortalized cell lines. We found that AT1R and TRPV4 are binding partners and that activation of AT1R by angiotensin II (ANGII) elicits b-arrestin–dependent inhibition and internalization of TRPV4. Activating TRPV4 with endogenous and synthetic agonists inhibited angiotensin II–mediated G-protein–associated second messenger accumulation, AT1R receptor phosphorylation, and b-arrestin recruitment. We also noted that TRPV4 inhibits AT1R phosphorylation by activating the calcium-activated phosphatase calcineurin in a Ca21/calmodulin–dependent manner, preventing b-arrestin recruitment and receptor internalization. These findings suggest that when TRP channels and GPCRs are co-expressed in the same tissues, many of these channels can inhibit GPCR desensitization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9986-9997
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 17 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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