The stimulation of inositol phosphate generation in control and ras-gene-transformed NIH-3T3 cells by prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha) was investigated. Compared with the control cells, a desensitization of the response was observed in cells transformed by the overexpression of N-, Ha-, or Ki-ras genes. This desensitization was without effect upon the concentration causing half-maximal effect (EC50), dissociation constant (Kd) or number of PGF2 alpha receptors. Inhibition of PG synthesis was without effect upon desensitization, demonstrating that the effect was not agonist-induced. Desensitization could be induced in NIH-3T3 cells by culturing under conditions where the cells were all in the exponential growth phase, or by a 12 h exposure to a C-kinase-activating phorbol ester. These results suggest that desensitization of certain agonist-induced inositol phospholipid responses in ras-transformed cells is a consequence of increased cell proliferation and associated amplification in C-kinase activity and is an indirect consequence of transformation by ras.
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