Protein kinase C (PKC) consists of a family of closely related subtypes which differ in their localization and activation properties. Our previous studies have suggested a role for PKC in the regulation of noradrenaline (NA) release from the human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y. Here we have used two approaches to characterize the PKC subtypes present in SH-SY5Y cells. Firstly, the PCR was used to show that SH-SY5Y cells contain mRNA encoding PKC subtypes alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon and zeta. Secondly, immunoblotting showed that SH-SY5Y cells express PKC subtypes alpha, epsilon and zeta at the protein level. Prolonged (48 h) exposure of cells to the phorbol ester phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA; 100 nM) resulted in a marked decrease in the amounts of PKC-alpha and PKC-epsilon, with no change in levels of PKC-zeta. Prolonged PMA treatment had no significant effect on K(+)-evoked NA release from SH-SY5Y cells, whereas carbachol-evoked release was increased 2.2-fold. However, prolonged exposure to PMA completely inhibited the ability of acute (12 min) PMA treatment to enhance both K(+)- and carbachol-evoked NA release. The specific PKC inhibitor RO 31-7459 (10 microM) was found to inhibit K(+)- and carbachol-evoked release by 27% and 68% respectively. RO 31-7549 also completely inhibited the ability of acute PMA treatment to enhance release. These data suggest that PKC-alpha and/or PKC-epsilon play an essential role in the regulation of PMA-enhanced K(+)- and carbachol-evoked NA release in SH-SY5Y cells.
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