Phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate is a major source of GPCR-stimulated phosphoinositide production

Sci Signal. 2018 Sep 11;11(547):eaan1210. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aan1210.


Phospholipase C (PLC) enzymes hydrolyze the plasma membrane (PM) lipid phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI4,5P2) to generate the second messengers inositol trisphosphate (IP3) and diacylglycerol (DAG) in response to receptor activation in almost all mammalian cells. We previously found that stimulation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in cardiac cells leads to the PLC-dependent hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) at the Golgi, a process required for the activation of nuclear protein kinase D (PKD) during cardiac hypertrophy. We hypothesized that GPCR-stimulated PLC activation leading to direct PI4P hydrolysis may be a general mechanism for DAG production. We measured GPCR activation-dependent changes in PM and Golgi PI4P pools in various cells using GFP-based detection of PI4P. Stimulation with various agonists caused a time-dependent reduction in PI4P-associated, but not PI4,5P2-associated, fluorescence at the Golgi and PM. Targeted depletion of PI4,5P2 from the PM before GPCR stimulation had no effect on the depletion of PM or Golgi PI4P, total inositol phosphate (IP) production, or PKD activation. In contrast, acute depletion of PI4P specifically at the PM completely blocked the GPCR-dependent production of IPs and activation of PKD but did not change the abundance of PI4,5P2 Acute depletion of Golgi PI4P had no effect on these processes. These data suggest that most of the PM PI4,5P2 pool is not involved in GPCR-stimulated phosphoinositide hydrolysis and that PI4P at the PM is responsible for the bulk of receptor-stimulated phosphoinositide hydrolysis and DAG production.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Diglycerides / metabolism*
  • Embryo, Mammalian / cytology
  • Fibroblasts / cytology
  • Fibroblasts / metabolism
  • Golgi Apparatus / metabolism
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Myocytes, Cardiac / cytology
  • Myocytes, Cardiac / metabolism
  • Phosphatidylinositol Phosphates / metabolism*
  • Phosphatidylinositols / metabolism*
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction
  • Type C Phospholipases / metabolism


  • Diglycerides
  • Phosphatidylinositol Phosphates
  • Phosphatidylinositols
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate
  • Type C Phospholipases