[Frontiers in Bioscience S2, 547-557, January 1, 2010]
Deregulation of RGS2 in cardiovascular diseases
Sharon Tsang1, Anthony Yiu-Ho Woo1, Weizhong Zhu1, Rui-Ping Xiao1
1Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, MD 21224
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Alteration of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling is a salient feature of hypertension and the associated heart diseases. Recent studies have revealed a large family of Regulators of G-protein Signaling (RGS) proteins as important endogenous regulators of GPCR signaling. RGS2 selective regulates Galphaq/11 signaling, an essential cause of hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy. Both clinical and animal studies have shown that deregulation of RGS2 leads to exacerbated Galphaq/11 signaling. There is an inverse correlation between RGS2 expression and blood pressure, as well as a selective down-regulation of RGS2 in various models of cardiac hypertrophy. The causal relationship has been established in animal studies. RGS2 knockout mice exhibit not only hypertension phenotype but also accelerated cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure in response to pressure-overload. Further in vitro studies have shown that RGS2 knockdown with RNA interference exacerbates, whilst RGS2 over-expression completely abolishes the Galphaq/11-induced hypertrophy. These findings indicate that deregulation of RGS2 plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases, marking RGS2 as a potential therapeutic target or biomarker of hypertension or hypertensive heart diseases.