"Receptor-ligand interactions - cell signaling, adhesion, motility, cell migration


Patricia Zuk, PhD Research Director Regenerative Bioengineering and Repair (REBAR) Lab Department of Surgery David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

No cell lives in isolation

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survival depends on an elaborate intercellular communication network that coordinates growth, differentiation and metabolism cells adjacent to one another frequently communicate through cell-cell contact other forms of communication cover larger distances = extracellular signaling molecules

Extracellular Signalling
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signaling molecules are released by signaling cells the signal is called the ligand the ligand binds to its specific receptor on a target cell this ligand-receptor interaction induces a conformational or shape-change in the receptor produces a specific response - called the cellular response can include a vast array of compounds • e.g. small amino acid derivatives, small peptides, proteins

which usually terminates the cellular response – degredation of ligand . or development = cellular response • triggered by the receptor-ligand complex – specific to the ligandreceptor complex  (6) removal of the signal. function.Cell-to-cell communication by extracellular signaling usually involves six steps      (1) synthesis of the signaling molecule by the signaling cell (2) release of the signaling molecule by the signaling cell (3) transport of the signal to the target cell (4) detection of the signal by a specific receptor protein – receptorligand specificity (5) a change in cellular metabolism.

Signaling molecules operate over various distances in animals -extracellular signaling can occur over: 1.act on target cells distant from their site of synthesis -usually carried through the bloodstream 2. large distances or endocrine signaling – signaling molecules are called hormones . short distances or paracrine signaling – affects target cells within proximity to the cell that synthesized the molecule -usually mediated by neurotransmitters and some growth factors .

growth factors (e. EGF) – paracrine and autocrine and endocrine -epinephrine – endocrine and paracrine . no distance or autocrine signaling – the signal feeds-back and affects itself -action of many growth factors -these compounds generally act on themselves to regulate proliferation -seen frequently in tumor cells -many compounds can act through two or even three types of cell signaling e.g.g.Signaling molecules operate over various distances in animals -extracellular signaling can occur over: 3.

Circulating & Local Hormones  Circulating hormones • act on distant targets • travel in blood • endocrine hormones  Local hormones • paracrine hormones & autocrine hormones .

Hormones  two types • lipid soluble • water soluble .

Lipid-Soluble Hormones -lipid-soluble hormones can easily enter a cell by diffusing through the plasma membrane -PROBLEM: how do they travel in the water-based blood?? -SOLUTION: they are carried by carrier-proteins -these hormones then enter their target cell where they result in a specific cellular effect or response .

Water-soluble Hormones -water soluble hormones can easily travel within the blood -PROBLEM: how do they enter a cell and result in a cellular response?? -SOLUTION: binding to specific cell-surface receptors -this binding activates the receptor and results in a series of cellular events called the second messenger system .

Lipid-soluble Hormones  Steroids • • • • lipids derived from cholesterol in SER different functional groups attached to core of structure provide uniqueness interact with specific intracellular receptors (within the cell) to turn specific genes on or off effective for hours or days tyrosine ring plus attached iodines are lipid-soluble activate enzymes involved in the catabolism of fats and glucose help set our basal metabolic rate vitamin A derivatives have dramatic effects on proliferation and differentiation plus cellular death (i. apoptosis)  Thyroid hormones • • •  Retinoids • • .e.

small peptides and protein hormones • • modified amino acids or amino acids put together • serotonin. melatonin. epinephrine larger peptide hormones • insulin and glucagon  Eicosanoids • • • derived from arachidonic acid (fatty acid) prostaglandins or leukotrienes prostaglandins despite being lipidphilic – bind to cell surface receptors . histamine.Water-soluble Hormones  Amino acid derivatives.

Action of Lipid-Soluble Hormones     Hormone diffuses through phospholipid bilayer & into cell Binds to receptor turning on/off specific genes New mRNA is formed & directs synthesis of new proteins New protein alters cell’s activity .

Action of Water-Soluble Hormones   Can not diffuse through plasma membrane Hormone receptors are integral membrane proteins • act as first messenger   Receptor protein activates G-protein in membrane G-protein activates adenylate cyclase to convert ATP to cAMP in the cytosol • Cyclic AMP is the 2nd messenger • Activates kinases in the cytosol to speed up/slow down physiological responses • Phosphodiesterase inactivates cAMP quickly • Cell response is turned off unless new hormone molecules arrive .

odorant detection.g. adenylyl cyclase – converts ATP to cAMP depending on regulation at the effector enzyme – this pathway can be either activated or inhibited – by the type of G protein activated by the hormone-receptor complex – Gs proteins result in stimulation of the effector enzyme – Gi proteins result in inhibition of the effector enzyme adenylyl cyclase (AC) .Cell-surface receptors belong to four major classes • • • • GPCRs are involved in a range of signaling pathways. including light detection. which activates an effector enzyme to generate an intracellular second messenger – e. which activates the G protein. beta and gamma subunit complex Ligand binding activates the receptor. and detection of certain hormones and neurotransmitters Many different mammalian cell-surface receptors including GPCRs are coupled to a trimeric signal-transducing G protein – made of an alpha.

ligand-gated channels for sodium and potassium -also found on the plasma membrane of muscle cells -binding of acetylcholine results in ion movement and eventual contraction of muscle .Four classes of cell-surface receptors -ligand binding changes the confirmation of the receptor so that specific ions flow through it -the resultant ion movement alters the electric potential across the plasma membrane -found in high numbers on neuronal plasma membranes e.g.

interferons (XXXXXXX) .-lack intrinsic catalytic activity -binding of the ligand results in the formation of a receptor dimer (2 receptors) -this dimer than activates a class of protein called tyrosine kinases -this activation results in the phosphorylation of downstream targets by these tyrosine kinases (stick phosphate groups onto tyrosines within the target protein) -receptors for cytokines such as XXXX.

-results in phosphorylation of multiple amino acid residues within its target – such as serine and threonine residues -this phosphorylation activates downstream targets -its targets are generally other protein kinases –which phosphorylate their own downstream targets (other kinases??) .Signal transduction Cascade -also called receptor tyrosine kinases OR ligand-triggered protein kinases -similar to tyrosine-linked receptors . PDGF.g.ligand binding results in formation of a dimer -BUT: they differ from tyrosine-linked receptors – intrinsic catalytic activity -means that ligand binding activates it and the activated receptor acts as a kinase -recognize soluble or membrane bound peptide/protein hormones that act as growth factors e. insulin -binding of the ligand stimulates the receptor’s tyrosine kinase activity. NGF.

g. and modulation of cellular metabolism p KINASE #1 p KINASE #2 p KINASE #3 TARGET p EFFECT . promotion of cell survival. changes in cell physiology and/or patterns of gene expression -RTK pathways are involved in regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation.Signal transduction cascades Signal       -the successive phosphorylation/activation of multiple kinases results in a cascade of phosphorylation/activation -this cascade is frequently called a signal-transduction cascade -this cascade eventually leads to a specific cellular response e.

increased cAMP activates a PKA that stimulates production of fatty acids in ovarian cells another PKA will respond to cAMP by increase estrogen synthesis  second messenger systems allow for amplification of an extracellular signal one epinephine molecule can bind one GPCR – this can result in the synthesis of multiple cAMP molecules which can go on to activate and amplified number of PKAs • a blood level as low as 10-10M epinephrine can raise blood glucose levels by 50% .Second messengers   produced by the activation of GPCRs and RTKs Hormone stimulation of Gs protein-coupled receptors leads to activation of adenylyl cyclase and synthesis of the second messenger cAMP • • • • • • most commonly studied second messenger cAMP does not function in signal pathways initiated by RTKs cAMP and other second messengers activate specific protein kinases (cAMPdependent protein kinases or PKAs)  cAMP has a wide variety of effects depending on the cell type and the downstream PKAs and other kinases in adipocytes.

Second messengers  other second messengers include: • IP3 and DAG – breakdown products of phosphotidylinositol (PI) • • produced upon activation of multiple hormone receptor types (GPCRs and RTKs) calcium – IP3 production results in the opening of calciumchannels on the plasma membrane of the ER – release of calcium • • • a rise in calcium in pancreatic beta cells triggers the exocytosis of insulin a rise in intracellular calcium also triggers contraction of muscle cells much study has been done on the binding of calcium to a protein called calmodulin and the effect of this complex on gene expression .

. result in activation of an adaptor protein called Ras GTPase ras induces a kinase signal cascade that starts with a kinase called rac and culminates in activation of a MAP kinase (MAPK) in between are a series of kinases that are part of the cascade MAPK activation results in translocation into the nucleus and phosphorylate many different proteins.MAP kinase pathways       best characterized signal transduction pathway activation of RTKs by growth factors. hormones etc…. including transcription factors that regulate gene expression .

cytokines.MAPK kinase paths  Stress. hormones & mitogens signal through cdc42/rac cdc42/rac – then activates one of three MAPK paths: Stress Cytokines Stress Hormones Cytokines Mitogens Hormones p38MAPK: stress response & apoptosis (MAPKAPcdc42/rac 2. HSP27) JNK: stress response & proliferation (jun)  Activation of ras/MEK/ERK path: proliferation & differentiation MEKKs MEKKs grb2 ras sos MEK 3/6 JNKK 1/2 raf-1 MAPK kinase p38MAPK JNK 1/2 MEK 1/2 transcription factors (nucleus) MAPKAP-2 HSP27 ATF elk ATF jun elk ERK 1/2 elk RSK fos .

RTKs can promote a signal transduction cascade that eventually acts on the same target as the GPCR therefore the same cellular response may be induced by multiple signaling pathways by distinct mechanisms Interaction of different signaling pathways permits fine-tuning of cellular activities • • • • . and both types of receptors promote or inhibit production of many of the same second messengers in addition.Common signaling pathways are initiated by different receptors in a class • The effects of activation of GPCRs and RTKs is more complicated than a simple step-by-step cascade Stimulation of either GPCRs or RTKs often leads to production of multiple second messengers.

Integrating Cells into Tissues: Cell-Cell Adhesion and Communication -a key event in the evolution of multicellularity is the ability for cells to adhere to one another and be able to communicate with each other -evolved a series of cell-adhesion molecules or CAMs that allow interaction with each other and with the surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM) -this results in coordinated functioning of tissues -HOW?? -these interactions result in the activation of specific signal transduction cascades eventually resulting in the desired cellular effect -therefore the physical interaction of CAMs with the ECM can turn pathways on or off – cellular effect e. cellular interactions with the adhesion protein b1-integrin can result in activation of the MAPK cascade .g.

-various classes of CAMs found on cells 1. a1 integrin. Integrins – major cell-matrix adhesion molecule e. P-cadherin 2. b1 integrin . V-CAM -calcium-independent -some are found enriched on specific cell types – N-CAM 3.g. N-CAM.g. E-cadherin. cadherins – cell-cell adhesion -calcium dependent e. Ig superfamily of CAMs – cell-cell adhesion e.g.

Adherens junction 2.g. adherens junction – continuous band of cadherins found in epithelial cells -connects cells tightly and interact with the actin portion of the cytoskeleton 2. Desmosome . desmosomes – also found in high #s in epithelial tissues -cells attach via cadherins – connect to protein “plaques” that attach to the plasma membrane and to intermediate filaments within the cytoskeleton -cadherins are a family of calcium-dependent CAMs -major molecules of cell-cell adhesion (homophilic) -over 40 different are known e.Cell-Cell adhesion: Cadherin-containing junctions 1. E or epithelial cadherin N or neural cadherin -tissues have specialized junctions made of cadherins 1.

Cell Matrix  three components to the ECM • • • • • • insoluble collagens – structural framework of the ECM. ECM receptors) can turn certain signaling paths ON or OFF also the ECM is capable of sequestering growth factors and hormones by binding them and making them unavailable to turn cellular signaling on or off . provides strength and resiliency proteoglycans – cushions cells adhesive matrix proteins – bind these components to receptors on the cell surface different combinations result in unique ECM compositions which can directly affect the activity of the cells the interaction of ECM components with specific CAMs (i.e.

g. 8 types of b chains these ab complexes act as receptors to specific matrix components • • e.or down-regulated expression of these integrins integrins can also form very specific adhesive junctions • • focal adhesions (FN to actin) – complex of more than 20 proteins hemidesmosomes (intermediate filaments to collagens and laminins) – epithelial cells • can increase and decrease based on physical stress •activation of these integrins can promote cell signaling •e.g. a1b1 – collagen and laminin a5 b1 .fibronectin    cells will express multiple integrin types attachment can be regulated by up. formation and activation of focal adhesions triggers a cascade initaited by a Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) – modulates cell growth and motility .Cell-matrix interactions: integrins     integrins allow connection between the extracellular matrix with the cytoskeleton of the cell also can mediate cell-cell interactions (weak) made of an alpha and a beta subunit – 17 types of a chains.

g. phosphate) -these gaps are not free-swinging gates -they actually open and close in response to ion concentrations thereby restricting the flow of too many ions -they also exclude materials based on size . signaling molecules) back and forth -these junctions = gap junctions -made of a channel protein called connexon -connexons interact to form channels between two cells -one important compound small enough to traverse this junction is the second messenger cAMP -also allows passage of calcium ions and other ions crucial to signaling (sodium.Cell-Cell Communication: Gap Junctions -almost all cells have specialized junctions that allow the free passage of materials (e.

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