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Wu, Guangyu, Ph.D.


Member, Signaling & Angiogenesis Program
GRU Cancer Center
Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Georgia Regents University

1120 15th Street
CB 3524
Augusta, GA 30912
Office Phone: (706) 721-0999
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Research Interests

Intracellular trafficking and signal regulation of G protein-coupled receptors


Grant Support


ER-to-Cell Surface Transport and Signal Regulation of GPCRs- PI (40% effort) NIH 2R01GM076167 (2006-2014). The goal of this project is to define the molecular mechanism underlying the transport of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) from the endoplasmic reticulum through the Golgi to the plasma membrane and to elucidate a novel signal transduction pathway that mediates the activation of MAP kinases by GPCRs.


Shu Zhu, M.D. & Ph.D. – Senior Postdoctoral Fellow.
Chunman Li, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow.


Selected Publications (since 1997)

Wu G. Regulation of post-Golgi traffic of G protein-coupled receptors. GPCR signaling complex – Synthesis, Assembly, Trafficking and Specificity (edited by Denis J. Dupre, Terry Hebert and Ralf Jackers) (In press, 2012)

Wu G. Identification of endoplasmic reticulum export motifs for G protein-coupled receptors. Methods Enzymol – GPCR Trafficking and Structure (edited by Michael Conn) (In press, 2012)

Dong C and Wu G. G protein-coupled receptor interaction with small GTPases. Methods Enzymol – GPCR Trafficking and Structure (edited by Michael Conn) (In press, 2012)

Lan T, Liu Q, Li C, Wu G and Lambert NA. Sensitive and high resolution localization and tracking of membrane proteins in live cells with BRET. Traffic (In press, 2012)

Dong C, Nichols CD, Guo J, Huang W, Lambert NA and Wu G. A triple Arg motif modulates a2B-adrenergic receptor interaction with Sec24C/D and export. Traffic 13:857-868 (2012)

Wang G and Wu G. Small GTPase regulation of GPCR anterograde trafficking.Trends Pharmacol Sci32:28-34 (2012)

Dong C, Li C and Wu G. Regulation of a2B-adrenergic receptor-mediated ERK1/2 activation by ADP-ribosylation factor 1. J Biol Chem 286:43361-43369 (2011)

Qin K, Dong C, Wu G and Lambert NA. Inactive-state preassembly of Gq-coupled receptors and Gq heterotrimers. Nat Chem Biol 7:740-747 (2011)

Zhang X, Dong C, Wu QJ, Balch WE and Wu G. Di-acidic motifs in the membrane-distal C-termini modulate the transport of angiotensin II receptors from the edoplasmic reticulum to the cell surface. J Biol Chem 286:20525-20535 (2011)

Duvernay MT, Wang H, Dong C, Guidry JJ, Sackett DLand Wu G. a2B-adrenergic receptor interaction with tubulin controls its transport from the endoplasmic reticulum to the cell surface. J Biol Chem 286:14080-14089 (2011)

Dong C and Wu G. Discovering G protein-coupled receptor motifs mediating export from the endoplasmic reticulum. Neuromethods – Methods for the Discovery and Characterization of G Protein-Coupled Receptor (edited by Craig W. Stevens) 60:153-166 (2011)

Wu G. Anterograde trafficking of nascent α2B-adrenergic receptor: Structural basis and roles of small GTPases. Current Topics in Membranes – Advances in Adrenergic Receptor Biology (edited by Qin Wang) 67:79-100 (2011)

Yin H, Li Q, Qian G, Wang Y, Li Y, Wu G and Wang G. Rab1 GTPase regulates phenotypic modulation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells by mediating the transport of angiotensin II type 1 receptor under hypoxia. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 43:401-408 (2011)

Wang G, Zhang Z, Xu Z, Yin H, Bai L, Ma Z, Decoster MA, Qian G and Wu G. Activation of the sonic hedgehog signaling controls human pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell proliferation in response to hypoxia. Biochim Biophys Acta – Molecular Cell Research 1803:1359-1367 (2010)

Li Y, Wang G, Lin K, Yin H, Zhou C, Liu T, Wu G and Qian G. Rab1 GTPase promotes expression of β-adrenergic receptors in rat pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells Int J Biochem Cell Biol 42:1201-1209 (2010)

Dong C, Yang L, Zhang X, H Gu, Lam ML, Claycomb WC, H Xia and Wu G. Rab8 interacts with distinct motifs in a2B- and b2-adrenergic receptors and differentially modulates their transport. J Biol Chem 285:20369-20380 (2010)

Dong C, Zhang X, Zhou F, Dou H, Duvernay MT, Zhang P and Wu G. ADP-ribosylation factors modulate the cell surface transport of G protein-coupled receptors. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 333:174-183 (2010)

Huang W, Wu G and Wang G. Cell type-specific and light-dependent expression of Rab1 and Rab6 GTPases in mammalian retinas. Vis Neurosci 26:443-452 (2009)

Zhang X, Wang G, Dupré DJ, Feng Y, Robitaille M, Lazartigues E, Feng YH,Hébert TE and WuG. Roles of Rab1 GTPase and dimerization in the cell surface expression of angiotensin II type 2 receptor. J Pharmacol Exp Ther330:109-117 (2009)

Duvernay MT, Dong C, Zhang X, Robitaille M, Hébert TE and Wu G. A single conserved leucine residue on the first intracellular loop regulates ER export of G protein-coupled receptors. Traffic 10:552-566 (2009)

Duvernay MT, Dong C, Zhang X, Zhou F, Nichols CD and Wu G. Anterograde trafficking of G protein-coupled receptors: function of the F(x)6LL motif in export from the endoplasmic reticulum. Mol Pharmacol 75:751-961 (2009)

Dong C, Zhou F, Fugetta EK, Filipeanu CM and Wu G. Endoplasmic reticulum export of adrenergic and angiotensin II receptors is differentially regulated by Sar1 GTPase. Cell Signal 20:1035-1043 (2008)

Filipeanu CM, Zhou F and Wu G. Analysis of Rab1 function in cardiomyocyte growth. Methods Enzymol – Small GTPases in Diseases, Part A (edited by William E. Balch, Channing J. Der and Alan Hall) 438:217-226 (2008)

Wu G. Regulation of the trafficking and function of G protein-coupled receptors by Rab1 GTPase in cardiomyocytes. Methods Enzymol – Small GTPases in Diseases, Part A (edited by William E. Balch, Channing J. Der and Alan Hall) 438:227-238 (2008)

Feng Y, Yue X, Xia H, Bindon SM, Filipeanu CM, Wu G and Lazartigues E. ACE2 over-expression in the subfornical organ is associated with down-regulation of the AT1 receptor and prevention of angiotensin-II-mediated pressor and drinking responses. Circ Res 102:729-736 (2008)

Wang G, Qian G, Jackson FR, Qian P and Wu G. Sequential activation of JAKs, STATs and xanthine dehydrogenase/oxidase by hypoxia in lung microvascular endothelial cells. Int J Biochem Cell Biol40:461-470 (2008)

Dong C and Wu G. Regulation of anterograde transport of adrenergic and angiotensin II receptors by Rab2 and Rab6 GTPases. Cell Signal 19:2388-2399 (2007)

Dong C, Filipeanu CM, Duvernay MT and Wu G. Regulation of G protein-coupled receptor export trafficking. Biochim Biophys Acta - Biomembranes1768:853-870 (2007)

Dong C and Wu G. Regulation of anterograde transport of a2-adrenergic receptors by the N-termini at multiple intracellular compartments. J Biol Chem 281:38543-38554 (2006)

Filipeanu CM, Zhou F, Lam ML, Kerut KE, Claycomb WC and Wu G.Enhancement of recycling and signaling of b-adrenergic receptors by Rab4 in cardiac myocytes. J Biol Chem 281:11097-11103 (2006)

Filipeanu CM, Zhou F, Fugetta EK and Wu G. Differential regulation of the cell-surface targeting and function of b- and a1-adrenergic receptors by Rab1 GTPase in cardiac myocytes. Mol Pharmacol 69:1571-1578 (2006)

Zhou F, Filipeanu CM, Duvernay MT and Wu G. Cell-surface targeting of a2-adrenergic receptors – Inhibition by a transport deficient mutant through dimerization. Cell Signal 18:318-327 (2006)

Duvernay MT, Filipeanu CM, and Wu G. The regulatory mechanisms of export trafficking of G protein-coupled receptors. Cell Signal 17:1457-1465 (2005)

Filipeanu CM, Zhou F, Claycomb WC and Wu G. Regulation of the cell-surface expression and function of angiotensin II type 1 receptor by Rab1-mediated endoplasmic reticulum-to-Golgi transport in cardiac myocytes. J Biol Chem 279:41077-41084 (2004)

Duvernay MT, Zhou F and Wu G. A conserved motif for the transport of G protein-coupled receptors from the endoplasmic reticulum to the cell surface. J Biol Chem 279:30741-30750 (2004)

Wu G, Zhao G and He Y. Distinct pathways for the trafficking of angiotensin II and adrenergic receptors from the endoplasmic reticulum to the cell surface: Rab1 independent transport of a G protein-coupled receptor. J Biol Chem 278:47062-47069 (2003)

Yussman MG, Toyokawa T, Odley A, Lynch RA, Wu G, Colbert MC, Aronow BJ, Lorenz JN, Dorn GW II. Mitochondrial death protein Nix is induced in cardiac hypertrophy and triggers apoptotic cardiomyopathy. Nat Med 8:725-730 (2002)

Wu G, Bernard ML and Lanier SM. Protein interaction assays with G-proteins. Methods Enzymol – G Protein Pathways, Part B: G Proteins and Their Regulators (edited by Ravi Iyengar and John D. Hildebrandt) 344:521-35 (2002)

Wu G, Yussman MG, Barrett TJ, Hahn HS, Osinska H, Hilliard GM, Wang X, Toyokawa T, Yatani A, Lynch RA, Robbins J, Dorn GW II. Increased myocardial Rab GTPase expression: A consequence and cause of cardiomyopathy. Circ Res 89:1130-1137 (2001)

Chen L, Hahn H, Wu G, Chen CH, Liron T, Schechtman D, Cavalo G, Banci L, Bolli R, Dorn GW and Mochly-Rosen D. Opposing cardioprotective actions and parallel hypertrophic effects of dPKC and ePKC. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA98:11114-11119 (2001)

Mochly-Rosen D, Chen L, Liron T, Hahn H, Wu G and Dorn GW. Opposing and parallel roles for the same PKC isozymes in normal cardiac functions and in disease models. Jpn Circ J 65(S1):83 (2001)

Sato Y, Kiriazis H, Yatani A, Schmidt AG, Hahn H, Ferguson DG, Sako H, Mitarai S, Honda R, Mesnard-Roullier L, Frank KF, Beyermann B, Wu G,Fujimori K, Dorn GW II, and Kranias EG. Rescue of contractile parameters and myocyte hypertrophy in calsequestin-overexpressing myocardium by phospholamban ablation. J Biol Chem 296:9392-9399 (2001)

Wu G, Toyokawa T, Hahn H and Dorn GW II. e Protein Kinase C in Pathological Myocardial Hypertrophy: Analysis by combined transgenic expression of translocation modifiers and Gaq. J Biol Chem 275:29927-29930 (2000)

Mochly-Rosen D*, Wu G*, Hahn H, Osinska H, Liron T, Lorenz JN, Robbins J and Dorn GW II. Cardiotrophic effects of e protein kinase C: analysis by in vivo modulation of ePKC translocation. Circ Res 86:1173-1179 (2000) (* Those authors equally contributed to this work)

Dorn GW II, Tepe NM, Wu G, Yatani A and Liggett SB. Mechanisms of impaired b-adrenergic receptor signaling in Gaq-mediated cardiac hypertrophy and ventricular dysfunction. Mol Pharmacol 57:278-287 (2000)

Wu G, Bogatkevich, GS, Mukhin YV, Benovic JL, Hildebrandt JD and Lanier SM. Identification of Gbg-binding sites in the third intracellular loop of the muscarinic receptors and their role in receptor regulation. J Biol Chem 275:9026-9034 (2000)

Dorn GW II, Souroujon MC, Liron T, Chen CH, Gray MO, Zhou HZ, Csukai M,Wu G, Lorenz JN and Mochly-Rosen D. Sustained in vivo cardiac protection by a rationally designed peptide that causes e protein kinase C translocation. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 96:12798-12803 (1999)

Wu G, Benovic JL, Hildebrandt JD and Lanier SM. Receptor docking sites for G-protein bg subunits: Implications for signal regulation. J Biol Chem 273:7197-7200 (1998)

Wu G, Krupnick JG, Benovic JL and Lanier SM. Interaction of arrestins with intracellular domains of muscarinic and a2-adrenergic receptor. J Biol Chem 272:17836-17842 (1997)