Viral-mediated gene delivery of constitutively activated Gαs alters vasoreactivity

William E. Schutzer, Val J. Watts, Justin Chapman, Medhane G. Cumbay, Kim A. Neve, Rachael L. Neve, Scott L. Mader

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1. Decline in β-adrenoceptor (β-AR)-mediated function occurs with increasing age, as well as in multiple disease conditions. The mechanisms responsible for this decline include alterations in β-AR itself, β-AR coupling proteins, such as G-proteins, or other β-AR-linked proteins, such as G-protein receptor kinases and/or phosphatases. 2. The present study examines the physiological effects of in vitro transfer of constitutively activated Gαs (Gαs-Q227L) to both cultured vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) and whole aortic tissue of 6-month-old (adult) animals via a replication-deficient Herpes simplex virus (HSV) vector. These studies were conducted to provide a model for future examination of the role of Gαs in the age-related decline in β-AR-mediated vasorelaxation. 3. Gene transfer was confirmed by western blotting for specific proteins. Aortic tissue infected with HSV-Gαs-Q227L had reduced phenylephrine-induced contraction and enhanced isoproterenol-stimulated vasorelaxation. Infection of cultured VSMC with HSV-Gαs-Q227L increased both basal- and isoproterenol-stimulated cAMP accumulation, whereas forskolin-stimulated cAMP production was unchanged. 4. These results implicate Gαs as a target for further investigation in age-related changes in vascular reactivity and support the use of viral-mediated gene transfer as an effective tool to study adrenergic signal transduction and physiology in vascular tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalClinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2000


  • G-protein
  • Gene transfer
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Vascular tone
  • Vasorelaxation
  • cAMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology (medical)


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