Diacylglycerol kinases regulate TRPV1 channel activity

Luyu Liu, Yevgen Yudin, Tibor Rohacs

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The transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channel is activated by heat and by capsaicin, the pungent compound in chili peppers. Calcium influx through TRPV1 has been shown to activate a calcium-sensitive phospholipase C (PLC) enzyme and to lead to a robust decrease in phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] levels, which is a major contributor to channel desensitization. Diacylglycerol (DAG), the product of the PLCcatalyzed PI(4,5)P2 hydrolysis, activates protein kinaseC(PKC). PKC is known to potentiate TRPV1 activity during activation of G protein-coupled receptors, but it is not known whether DAG modulates TRPV1 during desensitization. We found here that inhibition of diacylglycerol kinase (DAGK) enzymes reduces desensitization of nativeTRPV1in dorsal root ganglion neurons as well as of recombinant TRPV1 expressed in HEK293 cells. The effect of DAGK inhibition was eliminated by mutating two PKC-targeted phosphorylation sites, Ser-502 and Ser-800, indicating involvement of PKC. TRPV1 activation induced only a small and transient increase in DAG levels, unlike the robust and more sustained increase induced by muscarinic receptor activation. DAGK inhibition substantially increased the DAG signal evoked by TRPV1 activation but not that evoked by M1 muscarinic receptor activation. Our results show that Ca2_ influx through TRPV1 activates PLC and DAGK enzymes and that the latter limits formation of DAG and negatively regulates TRPV1channel activity. Our findings uncover a role ofDAGKin ion channel regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8174-8185
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 12 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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