Jpn. J. Pharmacol. 75 (1), 33-42 (1997)

Calcium Oscillations in Single Cultured Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells Stably Transfected with a Cloned Human Cholecystokinin (CCK)B Receptor

Keiko Akagi, Taku Nagao and Tetsuro Urushidani (*)

Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113, Japan
(*) To whom correspondence should be addressed.

Abstract: In Chinese hamster ovary cells stably expressing the cloned human cholecystokinin (CCK)B /gastrin receptor, cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) evoked increases in [Ca2+]i monitored by digitized video imaging of fura-2 fluorescence ratios. At concentrations around 10 pM, CCK-8 elicited [Ca2+]i oscillations, which were blocked by elimination of extracellular Ca2+, by a phospholipase C inhibitor, U-73122, by a protein kinase C inhibitor, H7, as well as by phospholipase A2 (PLA2) inhibitors, ONO-RS-082 and aristolochic acid. At higher concentrations, CCK-8 induced a single biphasic [Ca2+]i rise consisting of a large peak followed by a lower sustained plateau, while the response turned into [Ca2+]i oscillation when the extracellular Ca2+ was eliminated or a PLA2 inhibitor was included. CCK-8 stimulated the release of arachidonic acid, and this was inhibited by aristolochic acid. Arachidonic acid caused an increase in [Ca2+]i which was dependent upon extracellular Ca2+. These results suggest that the activation of PLA2 might be involved, at least in part, in the Ca2+ influx that maintains the sustained plateau phase of [Ca2+]i as well as the [Ca2+]i oscillation when CCKB receptors are stimulated.

Keywords: CCKB/gastrin receptor, [Ca2+]i oscillation, Fura-2, Protein kinase C, Phospholipase A2

Copyrightę The Japanese Pharmacological Society 1997

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