Staurosporine enhances parathyroid hormone-induced calcium signal in UMR-106 osteoblastic cells

Suk Kyeong Lee*, Paula H. Stern

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Parathyroid hormone (PTH) treatment of bone and kidney-derived cells not only activates adenylyl cyclase but also increases intracellular free calcium, and translocates protein kinase C (PKC) from cytosol to plasma membranes. We have found that acute phorbol ester pretreatment significantly decreases PTH-induced calcium transients and the effect of phorbol ester was antagonized by staurosporine (ST). Although the major effect of ST in that study was the reversal of the action of phorbol ester, it appeared that ST may also have promoted the effect of PTH directly. To further investigate the observation, we examined the effect of ST on the intracellular calcium transients induced by PTH and α-thrombin (α-TH). For calcium transient experiments, UMR-106 cells were loaded with 2 mM fluo-acetoxymethylester for 30 min at room temperature. The cells were then washed and suspended in buffer containing 1 mM calcium. Fluorescence was detected at 530 nm, with excitation at 505 nm. ST alone did not cause calcium transients, but enhanced the transients elicited by PTH when added 5 min before the hormone. Another protein kinase inhibitor H-7 likewise enhanced the calcium responses elicited by PTH, while genistein did not affect PTH response. Calcium transients elicited by α-TH were also enhanced by ST. The results suggest that there might be tonically activated endogenous protein kinase(s) which inhibit calcium signaling of some calcemic agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Pharmacal Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999


  • Calcium signal
  • H-7
  • Osteoblast
  • PTH
  • Staurosporine
  • α-thrombin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Organic Chemistry


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