Rho small GTPases activate the epithelial Na+ channel

Alexander Staruschenko, Amy Nichols, Jorge L. Medina, Patricia Camacho, Nadezhda N. Zheleznova, James D. Stockand

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Small G proteins in the Rho family are known to regulate diverse cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization and cell cycling, and more recently, ion channel activity and activity of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinase (PI(4)P 5-K). The present study investigates regulation of the epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) by Rho GTPases. We demonstrate here that RhoA and Rac1 markedly increase ENaC activity. Activation by RhoA was suppressed by the C3 exoenzyme. Inhibition of the downstream RhoA effector Rho kinase, which is necessary for RhoA activation of PI(4)P 5-K, abolished ENaC activation. Similar to RhoA, overexpression of PI(4)P 5-K increased ENaC activity suggesting that production of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2) in response to RhoA-Rho kinase signaling stimulates ENaC. Supporting this idea, inhibition of phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase, but not the RhoA effector phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and MAPK cascades, markedly attenuated RhoA-dependent activation of ENaC. RhoA increased ENaC activity by increasing the plasma membrane levels of this channel. We conclude that RhoA activates ENaC via Rho kinase and subsequently activates PI(4)P 5-K with concomitant increases in PI(4,5)P2 levels promoting channel insertion into the plasma membrane.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)49989-49994
Número de páginas6
PublicaciónJournal of Biological Chemistry
EstadoPublished - nov. 26 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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