ERK1/2 inhibition increases dopamine release from differentiated PC12 cells

Publication date: 25 September 2018
Source:Neuroscience Letters, Volume 684
Author(s): D.V. Zosen, N.A. Dorofeeva, E.V. Chernigovskaya, V.T. Bachteeva, M.V. Glazova
The release of dopamine (DA) is one of the main steps in the control of neuronal functioning and all CNS. It was demonstrated that many factors such as protein kinases and synaptic proteins are tightly involved in the regulation of DA secretion, but the data are contradictory. Here we analysed an effect of ERK1/2 inhibition on DA secretion from differentiated PC12 cells and evaluated the correlation between the activity of kinases/synaptic proteins and the level of released DA. PC12 cells were differentiated by NGF for 6 days. On the 7th day the cells were incubated for 1, 2 and 4 h with 10μM U0126. Obtained data demonstrated a significant accumulation of DA in the media after 4 h incubation with U0126 that accompanied with upregulation of PKG activity. Analysis of exocytosis proteins demonstrated decreased phosphorylation level of synapsin I and content of SNAP25. Taken together our data proposed an inhibitory role of ERK1/2 in the regulation of catecholamine secretion and demonstrated that balance between PKG and ERK1/2 activity could have a substantial impact on the regulation of DA release from the cells.

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