In Swiss 3T3 cells, depletion of protein kinase C (PKC) by prolonged incubation with phorbol esters potentiates the formation of total inositol phosphates in response to bombesin or vasopressin [Blakeley, Corps & Brown (1989) Biochem. J. 258, 177-185]. The characteristics of the accumulation of inositol phosphates in control and PKC-depleted cells stimulated by bombesin, vasopressin or prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha) have now been compared. The potentiation of the PGF2 alpha response was greater than that of the vasopressin response which was, in turn, greater than that of the bombesin response. The time courses of the responses to all three agonists were biphasic, and both phases of the response were amplified in the PKC-depleted cells. These results provide further evidence for the involvement of a PKC-mediated negative-feedback loop regulating phosphoinositide hydrolysis in response to several 3T3 cell mitogens. The differential potentiation of the response to these agonists suggests that PKC might act at multiple sites within the signal transduction pathway.
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