PI3K and Calcium Signaling in Cardiovascular Disease

PI3K and Calcium Signaling in Cardiovascular Disease

Alessandra Ghigo, Muriel Laffargue, Mingchuan Li, Emilio Hirsch

Class I PI3Ks (phosphoinositide 3-kinases). Class I PI3Ks are obligate heterodimers composed by a p110 catalytic module and an adaptor subunit. Depending on the nature of the adaptor and of the activating membrane receptor, class I PI3Ks can be subgrouped into class IA and IB. Class IA includes PI3Kα, β, and δ, which are coupled to a p85 regulatory subunit and are engaged by tyrosine kinase receptors (RTKs). On the contrary, the unique member of class IB, PI3Kγ, binds to either p101 or p87 that, by tethering p110γ to the Gβγ subunit of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), ensure the full enzyme activation. All class I isoenzymes phosphorylate PIP2 PtdIns(4,5)P2 to produce PIP3 that, in turn, serves as a docking site for intracellular effectors carrying a lipid-binding domain, such as Akt (protein kinase B). Activated Akt ultimately initiates a wide spectrum of biological events, ranging from proliferation, survival, and metabolic regulation. [Powerpoint File]

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