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Mol Pharmacol. 1994 Nov;46(5):880-9.

Transcriptional regulation of secretogranin II and chromogranin B by cyclic AMP in a rat pheochromocytoma cell line.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile 36688.


When PC-12 cells were treated with 10 microM forskolin, the expression of two members of the granin family, secretogranin II (SgII) and chromogranin B (CgB), were differentially regulated. SgII mRNA levels declined progressively after forskolin treatment to reach a level of 22 +/- 1% of control after 48 hr, whereas CgB mRNA levels increased more rapidly, reaching a maximum of 3-fold above control after 24 hr. The dependence of these changes on an increase in cellular cAMP levels, activation of cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), protein synthesis, and changes in the rate of transcription was investigated. The effects of forskolin on SgII and CgB mRNAs were reproduced by 1 mM 8-bromo-cAMP but not by 10 microM 1,9-dideoxyforskolin, an inactive analog of forskolin. The actions of forskolin on SgII and CgB mRNAs were blocked by treatment with 60 microM H-89, a selective PKA inhibitor, and were blunted in PKA-deficient PC-12 cell clones. To examine whether forskolin action was dependent on ongoing protein synthesis, PC-12 cells were treated with 1 microgram/ml cycloheximide before the addition of forskolin. The reduction in SgII mRNA levels by forskolin was not evident in PC-12 cells treated with cycloheximide. Rather, in the presence of cycloheximide, forskolin stimulated SgII mRNA levels 3.6 +/- 0.7-fold above control. The induction of CgB mRNA by forskolin was not affected by cycloheximide treatment. The superinduction of SgII mRNA by cycloheximide and forskolin was related to the extent of protein synthesis inhibition, was observed in cells treated with forskolin and other protein synthesis inhibitors, and was blunted in PKA-deficient PC-12 cells, suggesting that this effect was dependent on inhibition of protein synthesis and activation of PKA. To determine whether changes in SgII and CgB mRNA levels resulted from changes in the rate of transcription, nuclear run-on assays were performed in nuclei isolated from PC-12 cells that had been treated for 2 hr with cycloheximide, forskolin, or the two combined. Transcription of the SgII gene was not significantly affected by treatment with either forskolin or cycloheximide alone but was increased 12.9 +/- 1.0-fold above control in nuclei from cells treated with cycloheximide and forskolin together. Forskolin caused a 3.8 +/- 0.8-fold induction of CgB transcription.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

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