Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate activates an electrogenic H+-conducting pathway in the membrane of neutrophils

A. Kapus, K. Szaszi, E. Ligeti

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Abstract

The mode of activation of an H+-conducting pathway present in the membrane of neutrophils was investigated. (1) Resting neutrophils released protons through an electrogenic Cd2+-inhibitable (K0.5 ≃ 20 μ/M) route when a pH gradient and appropriate charge compensation was provided. (2) The rate of H+ efflux was stimulated over 2.5-fold by 4β-phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA; K0.5 ≃ 0.7 nM) or by 4β-phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (K0.5 ≃ 20 nM) even when the NADPH oxidase was blocked by p-chloromercuribenzoate. (3) Staurosporine inhibited the effect of PMA. (4) The H+ egress was not enhanced by 4α-phorbol 12,13-didecanoate. (5) Low concentrations of Cd2+ (< 40 μM) inhibited the H+ flux without influencing the oxidase. The results raise the possibility that protein kinase C could be involved in the activation of an electrogenic H+-conducting pathway in the membrane of neutrophils. The activation of this route by phorbol esters seems to be independent of the stimulation of NADPH oxidase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-701
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical Journal
Volume281
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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