Protein kinase C mediated regulation of calcium channels in PC-12 pheochromocytoma cells

Katherine M. Harris*, Sathapana Kongsamut, Richard J. Miller

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Depolarization of PC-12 pheochromocytoma cells with K+ produces an immediate increase in catecholamine release. The stimulation of release is blocked by Co2+, removal of extracellular Ca2+ or by dihydropyridine drugs such as nitrendipine. Release is enhanced by other dihydropyridines such as BAY K8644. Release is accompanied by a voltage dependent uptake of 45Ca2+ which is also blocked by Co2+ or nitrendipine and enhanced by BAY K8644. The phorbol ester phorbol 12-myristate-13-acetate (TPA) in the range 10-9 - 10-6 M produced little effect by itself but augmented the K+ evoked release of catecholamine. An analog of TPA which does not activate protein kinase C was ineffective. In contrast, TPA in the same concentration range blocked influx of 45Ca2+ induced by 70 mM K+ or 70 mM K+/ BAY K8644. 45Ca2+ influx produced by A23187 was not blocked by TPA. The results suggest a system by which protein kinase C may regulate the output of transmitters from secretory cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1298-1305
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 13 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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