Participation of p38 MAPK and a novel-type protein kinase C in the control of mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake

Gergo Szanda, Péter Koncz, Anikó Rajki, András Spät

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Angiotensin II elicits cytosolic and mitochondrial Ca2+ signal in H295R adrenocortical cells. We found that Ca2+ uptake rate and peak values in small mitochondrial regions both depend on the colocalization of these mitochondrial regions with GFP-marked endoplasmic reticular (ER) vesicles. The dependence of the Ca2+ response on this colocalization is abolished by SB202190 and PD169316, inhibitors of p38 MAPK, as well as by transfection with siRNA against p38 MAPK mRNA. The same manoeuvres result in an increased ratio of global mitochondrial to global cytosolic Ca2+ response, indicating that inhibition of p38 MAPK is followed by enhanced mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake. α-Toxin and TNFα, agents which similarly to angiotensin II increase the phosphorylation of p38, failed to affect mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake, indicating that activation of p38 MAPK is necessary but not sufficient for the inhibition of Ca2+ uptake. Bisindolylmaleimide, an inhibitor of the conventional and novel-type protein kinase C isoforms also evokes enhanced mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake, whereas Gö6976 that inhibits the conventional isoforms only failed to exert any effect. These data show that angiotensin II attenuates Ca2+ uptake predominantly into mitochondria that do not colocalize with ER, by a mechanism involving p38 MAPK and a novel-type PKC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-259
Number of pages10
JournalCell Calcium
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008



  • Angiotensin II
  • Bisindolylmaleimide
  • Ca signal
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
  • Glomerulosa cell
  • Gö6976
  • H295R cell-line
  • Microdomains
  • Mitochondria
  • Potassium
  • SB202190
  • TNFα
  • α-Toxin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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