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Eur J Pharmacol. 2002 Oct 4;452(2):215-22.

Protein kinase C inhibitors decrease endothelin ET(B) receptor mRNA expression and contraction during organ culture of rat mesenteric artery.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.


The effect of protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors on the induction of endothelin ET(B) receptors during organ culture was examined in isolated segments of the rat mesenteric artery. After 24 h of organ culture, the endothelin ET(B) receptor agonist sarafotoxin 6c (S6c) induced a strong contraction compared to fresh segments. The contractile response after 24-h organ culture to S6c was studied in presence (30-min preincubation) or absence, after 24-h treatment, of the PKC inhibitors staurosporine, K252a and Ro31-7549. Exposure to staurosporine or K252a in presence and after 24-h treatment reduced the S6c contraction. In contrast, presence of 2-1[1-3(aminopropyl)indol-3-yl]-3(1-methyl-1H-indol-3-yl)maleimide (Ro31-7549), did not affect the S6c-induced contraction, whereas 24-h treatment abolished the increase of contraction. The PKA inhibitor N-(2-[bromocinnamylamino]-ethyl)-5-isoquinolinesulfonamide (H89) did not affect the S6c responses. The mRNA expressions of endothelin ET(B) receptors (analysed with real-time PCR) were abolished after 24-h treatment with the PKC inhibitors. These results suggest that PKC is involved in the endothelin ET(B) receptor upregulation following organ culture.

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