Simultaneous Measurements of Cytosolic Free Calcium Level and Prostaglandin Synthesis Reveal a Correlation between Them in Perfused Monolayer of Cultured Rat Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells: Effects of Bradykinin and Angiotensin II

Kaoru Yoshinaga, Makito Sato, Minoru Yasujima, Kazuhisa Takeuchi, Keishi Abe, Kazutaka Maeyama, Takehiko Watanabe

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Abstract

The level of cytosolic free calcium ([Ca2+]I) and the production rate of prostacyclin were simultaneously measured in perfused monolayers of cultured vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cells. After loading of fura-2 (a fluorescent calcium indicator), the monolayer of VSM cells (cultured on a cover glass) was fixed in the perfusion cuvette and the cuvette was placed in a fluorometer to monitor the change in [Ca2+]i. The monolayer was perfused and the fractionated perfusion solution was collected to determine 6-keto-PGF1a (a metabolite of prostacyclin) production found in the solution. Afterwards, the time-dependent changes in [Ca2+]i and 6-keto-PGF1a synthesis were compared. Bradykinin (BK, 10-6M), angiotensin (Ang) II (10-7M) as well as ionomycin (10-6M) induced simultaneous increases in [Ca2+]i and 6-keto-PGF1a production. An inhibitor against prostaglandin synthesis, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, 10-6M) abolished BK-induced 6-keto-PGF1a synthesis, whereas ASA did not affect the increase in [Ca2+]i. BK-induced increases in [Ca2+]i and 6-keto-PGF1a production occurred in a dose-dependent manner and the half maximal response was observed at the same concentration of BK (10-7M). These results indicate that an increase in [Ca2+]i is closely associated with BK as well as AngII-induced prostacyclin synthesis. It is suggested that an increase in [Ca2+]i plays a prior role in prostacyclin synthesis. Thus, an interaction between phospholipase A2 (prostaglandin synthesis) and phospholipase C (inositol trisphosphate-Ca2+mobilization) is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalTohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Volume165
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991

Keywords

  • cytosolic free calcium
  • phospholipase A
  • phospholipase C
  • prostaglandin
  • vascular smooth muscle cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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