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Cardiac hypertrophy and dilatation can result from stimulation of signal transduction pathways mediated by heterotrimeric G proteins, especially Gq, whose alpha subunit activates phospholipase Cbeta (PLCbeta). We now report that transient, modest expression of a hemagglutinin (HA) epitope-tagged, constitutively active mutant of the Gq alpha subunit(More)
We recently showed that the transient expression of a hemagglutinin (HA) epitope-tagged, constitutively active mutant of the G protein alpha(q) subunit (HAalpha(q)*) in the hearts of transgenic mice is sufficient to induce cardiac hypertrophy and dilatation that continue to progress after HAalpha(q)* protein becomes undetectable. We demonstrated that the(More)
We previously described a transgenic mouse line (alpha(q)*52) in which cardiac-specific expression of activated G alpha(q)protein (HA alpha(q)*) leads to activation of phospholipase C beta (PLC beta), the immediate downstream target of HA alpha(q)*, with subsequent development of cardiac hypertrophy and dilation. We now describe a second, independent line(More)
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