Journal archive > 2005 > N 1 January-February

The role of phosphoinositides, protein kinase C and protein kinase A in the K+ regulatory
signal transduction in human adrenocortical cells

V. M. Pushkarev, O. I. Kovzun, M. D. Tronko, N. M. Kostyuchenko, А. S. Mikosha

The messenger mechanisms mediating K+ regulatory signals in human adrenocorticocytes were studied. It was shown that potassium ions initiated decay of polyphosphoinositides to inositolphosphates and obviously diacylglycerol. The latter compounds activate protein kinase C as affected by different agonists. Using western blotting method we showed translocation of PKC? from cytosol to membranes after adrenal tissue preincubation in the medium with increased K+ content (8.5 mM). Translocation means activation of the enzyme. Activity of PKC increased in the microsomal fraction and did not change in cytosol. Increased concentration of K+ in the incubation medium also activates protein kinase A, although to a lesser extent compared to PKC. Unlike PKC activity of PKA was changed in cytosol as well.

The possibility of involvement of several messenger systems in К+ signal transduction in human adrenocortical cells as well as the hypothesis on crosstalk between messenger mechanisms for main physiological agonists controlling aldosterone biosynthesis in the adrenals are discussed.

Recieved: 2004-11-12

Published at the site: 2005-02-02

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