TITLE

Orexins Activates Protein Kinase C-Mediated Ca2 Signaling in Isolated Rat Primary Sensory Neurons

AUTHOR(S)
Ozcan, M.; Ayar, A.; Serhatlioglu, I.; Alcin, E.; Sahin, Z.; Kelestimur, H.
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Physiological Research;2010, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p255
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Previous results have suggested that orexins causes a rise of intracellular free calcium ([Ca2+]i) in cultured rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, implicating a role in nociception, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. Hence, the aim of the present study was to investigate whether the orexins-mediated signaling involves the PKC pathways in these sensory neurons. Cultured DRG neurons were loaded with 1 μmol Fura-2 AM and [Ca2+]i responses were quantified by the changes in 340/380 ratio using fluorescence imaging system. The orexin-1 receptor antagonist SB-334867-A (1 μM) inhibited the calcium responses to orexin-A and orexin-B (59.1±5.1 % vs. 200 nM orexin-A, n=8, and 67±3.8 % vs. 200 nM orexin-B, n=12, respectively). The PKC inhibitor chelerythrine (10 and 100 μM) significantly decreased the orexin-A (200 nM)-induced [Ca2+]i increase (59.4±4.8 % P<0.01, n=10 and 4.9±1.6 %, P<0.01, n=9) versus response to orexin-A). It was also found that chelerythrine dose-dependently inhibited the [Ca2+]i response to 200 nM orexin-B. In conclusion, our results suggest that orexins activate intracellular calcium signaling in cultured rat sensory neurons through PKC-dependent pathway, which may have important implications for nociceptive modulation and pain.
ACCESSION #
50745703

 

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