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J Neurochem. 1992 Jul;59(1):379-82.

Participation of prostaglandin E2 in dopamine D2 receptor-dependent potentiation of arachidonic acid release.

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  • 1Istituto per la Chimica di Molecole di Interesse Biologico, CNR, Arco Felice, Italy.


Stimulation of dopamine D2 receptors potentiates Ca2+ ionophore- or ATP-induced arachidonic acid (AA) release in D2 receptor cDNA-transfected Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells [CHO(D2)]. By using a combination of chromatographic, biochemical, and radioimmunochemical techniques, we show here that prostaglandin (PG) E2 is a major product of AA metabolism in CHO(D2) cells stimulated with the Ca2+ ionophore A23187. Formation of this PG was markedly increased by the concomitant application of quinpirole, a D2 receptor agonist. In addition, PGE2 enhanced D2-dependent amplification of AA release, either when it was added (EC50 = 100 nM) or when it was produced endogenously, as shown by experiments carried out with the cyclooxygenase inhibitor indomethacin. The results suggest that PGE2 may participate in D2 receptor-mediated potentiation of AA release in CHO(D2) cells. They also support a functional role for this PG in the modulation of dopaminergic transmission in areas of the CNS, such as amygdala and hypothalamus, where high levels of both PGE2 and dopamine D2 receptors are found.

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