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Evolutionary hierarchy of vertebrate-like heterotrimeric G protein families
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
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2015 (English)In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, ISSN 1055-7903, E-ISSN 1095-9513, Vol. 91, 27-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Heterotrimeric G proteins perform a crucial role as molecular switches controlling various cellular responses mediated by G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling pathway. Recent data have shown that the vertebrate-like G protein families are found across metazoans and their closest unicellular relatives. However, an overall evolutionary hierarchy of vertebrate-like G proteins, including gene family annotations and in particular mapping individual gene gain/loss events across diverse holozoan lineages is still incomplete. Here, with more expanded invertebrate taxon sampling, we have reconstructed phylogenetic trees for each of the G protein classes/families and provide a robust classification and hierarchy of vertebrate-like heterotrimeric G proteins. Our results further extend the evidence that the common ancestor (CA) of holozoans had at least five ancestral Gα genes corresponding to all major vertebrate Gα classes and contain a total of eight genes including two Gβ and one Gγ. Our results also indicate that the GNAI/O-like gene likely duplicated in the last CA of metazoans to give rise to GNAI- and GNAO-like genes, which are conserved across invertebrates. Moreover, homologs of GNB1-4 paralogon- and GNB5 family-like genes are found in most metazoans and that the unicellular holozoans encode two ancestral Gβ genes. Similarly, most bilaterian invertebrates encode two Gγ genes which include a representative of the GNG gene cluster and a putative homolog of GNG13. Interestingly, our results also revealed key evolutionary events such as the Drosophila melanogaster eye specific Gβ subunit that is found conserved in most arthropods and several previously unidentified species specific expansions within Gαi/o, Gαs, Gαq, Gα12/13 classes and the GNB1-4 paralogon. Also, we provide an overall proposed evolutionary scenario on the expansions of all G protein families in vertebrate tetraploidizations. Our robust classification/hierarchy is essential to further understand the differential roles of GPCR/G protein mediated intracellular signaling system across various metazoan lineages.

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2015. Vol. 91, 27-40 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-258945DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.05.009ISI: 000358270900004PubMedID: 26002831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-258945DiVA: diva2:842758
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Novo NordiskSwedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-07-22 Created: 2015-07-22 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Evolution of the G protein-coupled receptor signaling system: Genomic and phylogenetic analyses
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Signal transduction pathways mediated by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their intracellular coupling partners, the heterotrimeric G proteins, are crucial for several physiological functions in eukaryotes, including humans. This thesis describes a broad genomic survey and extensive comparative phylogenetic analysis of GPCR and G protein families from a wide selection of eukaryotes. A robust mining of GPCR families in fungal genomes (Paper I) provides the first evidence that homologs of the mammalian families of GPCRs, including Rhodopsin, Adhesion, Glutamate and Frizzled are present in Fungi. These findings further support the hypothesis that all main GPCR families share a common origin. Moreover, we clarified the evolutionary hierarchy by showing for the first time that Rhodopsin family members are found outside metazoan lineages. We also characterized the GPCR superfamily in two important model organisms (Amphimedon queenslandica and Saccoglossus kowalevskii) that belong to different metazoan phyla and which differ greatly in morphological characteristics. Curation of the GPCR superfamily (Paper II) in Amphimedon queenslandica (an important model to understand evolution of animal multicellularity) reveals the presence of four of the five GRAFS families and several other GPCR gene families. However, we find that the sponge GPCR subset is divergent from GPCRs in other studied bilaterian and eumetazoan lineages. Mapping of the GPCR superfamily (Paper III) in a hemichordate Saccoglossus kowalevskii (an essential model to understand the evolution of the chordate body plan) revealed the presence of all major GPCR GRAFS families. We find that S. kowalevskii encodes local expansions of peptide and somatostatin- like GPCRs. Furthermore, we delineate the overall evolutionary hierarchy of vertebrate-like G protein families (Paper IV) and provide a comparative perspective with GPCR repertoires. The study also maps the individual gene gain/loss events of G proteins across holozoans with more expanded invertebrate taxon sampling than earlier reports. In addition, Paper V describes a broad survey of nematode chemosensory GPCR families and provides insights into the evolutionary events that shaped the GPCR mediated chemosensory system in protostomes. Overall, our findings further illustrate the evolutionary hierarchy and the diversity of the major components of the G protein-coupled receptor signaling system in eukaryotes.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. 56 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1116
Keyword
GPCRs, G proteins, Sensory system, Signal transduction, Olfaction, Chemosensation, Hemichordates, Sponges, Porifera, Bilaterians, Holozoans, Fungi, Opisthokonts
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Biological Sciences Evolutionary Biology Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
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Bioinformatics
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-258956 (URN)978-91-554-9277-9 (ISBN)
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2015-09-09, C8:301, Uppsala Biomedical Centre (BMC), Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-08-18 Created: 2015-07-22 Last updated: 2015-09-07

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