Obestatin signalling in excised frog heart

Iliyana V. Sazdova, Bilyana M. Ilieva, Milena Shkodrova, Alexandra Milusheva, Mariela Chichova, Rudolf Schubert, Ferenc Fülöp, Lubomir T. Lubomirov, Hristo S. Gagov

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The aim of this research is to study the obestatin signalling on in vitro heart preparations of Rana ridibunda frog using pharmacological tools dissolved in or added to 0.1% or 0.01% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The application of increasing amounts of obestatin in the concentration range 1-1000 nmol/l significantly decreased the force of contraction of excised frog hearts in the presence of 0.1% DMSO. Propranolol entirely inhibited the effect of obestatin in the presence of DMSO without affecting the amplitudes of the force of contraction. Pertussis toxin, PP2 and U0126 completely blocked the obestatin-induced decrease of the force of frog heart contractions. In the presence of XE991, 10 pmol/l obestatin had no effect on the maximal force of contraction of the same preparations. Obestatin decreased the force of contraction when applied together with an inhibitor of cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA). It is suggested that the negative inotropic effect of obestatin observed in the presence of 0.1% DMSO is due to neuronal KCNQ channels modulation followed by a /3-adrenergic receptor-dependent and PKA-independent decrease of the contraction force. Our data reveal for the first time the participation of neuronal MAPK kinase in obestatin signalling in the heart.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-856
Number of pages10
JournalComptes Rendus de L'Academie Bulgare des Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • Adrenergic
  • G-protein
  • Hormone
  • Obestatin
  • Tyrosine kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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Sazdova, I. V., Ilieva, B. M., Shkodrova, M., Milusheva, A., Chichova, M., Schubert, R., Fülöp, F., Lubomirov, L. T., & Gagov, H. S. (2013). Obestatin signalling in excised frog heart. Comptes Rendus de L'Academie Bulgare des Sciences, 66(6), 847-856. https://doi.org/10.7546/CR-2013-66-6-13101331-10