Regulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase activity by protein-protein interaction

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Abstract

Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is expressed in vascular endothelial cells and plays an important role in the regulation of vascular tone, platelet aggregation and angiogenesis. Protein-protein interactions represent an important posttranslational mechanism for eNOS regulation. eNOS has been shown to interact with a variety of regulatory and structural proteins which provide fine tuneup of eNOS activity and eNOS protein trafficking between plasma membrane and intracellular membranes in a number of physiological and pathophysiological processes. eNOS interacts with calmodulin, heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90), dynamin-2, β-actin, tubulin, porin, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and apolipoprotein AI (ApoAI), resulting in increases in eNOS activity. The negative eNOS interacting proteins include caveolin, G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR), nitric oxide synthase-interacting protein (NOSIP), and nitric oxide synthase trafficking inducer (NOSTRIN). Dynamin-2, NOSIP, NOSTRIN, and cytoskeleton are also involved in eNOS trafficking in endothelial cells. In addition, eNOS associations with cationic amino acid transporter-1 (CAT-1), argininosuccinate synthase (ASS), argininosuccinate lyase (ASL), and soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) facilitate directeddelivery of substrate (L-arginine) to eNOS and optimizing NO production and NO action on its target. Regulation of eNOS by protein-protein interactions would provide potential targets for pharmacological interventions in NO-compromised cardiovascular diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3514-3520
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Pharmaceutical Design
Volume20
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Endothelium
  • Nitric oxide
  • Protein interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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