Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Biochem J. 1993 Nov 1;295 ( Pt 3):679-84.

Characterization of a complement-fragment-C5a-stimulated calcium-influx mechanism in U937 monocytic cells.

Author information

  • 1Krebs Institute, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, U.K.


The mechanism by which complement fragment C5a elevates intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) levels in two cell types, a monocytic cell line, U937, and neutrophils, has been investigated by the use of fluorometric and radiometric techniques. In U937 cells the influx of extracellular Ca2+ can be distinguished from the release of intracellular Ca2+ stores in terms of dose-responsiveness to C5a and sensitivity to pertussis-toxin poisoning. This suggests that the mechanism of Ca2+ influx in these cells is at least partially independent of both the production of inositol phosphates and elevation of internal Ca2+ concentration. The C5a-stimulated influx of 45Ca2+ into U937 cells is inhibited by a series of metal ions (Zn2+ > Co2+ > Mn2+ > Sr2+ approximately equal to Ni2+ > La3+). The stimulated influx of Ca2+ into neutrophils is inhibited differently (Ni2 >> Co2+ > Zn2+ approximately equal to La3+ > Mn2+ approximately equal to Sr2+), is less sensitive to C5a and both the influx of extracellular Ca2+ and the release of intracellular stores are equally sensitive to pertussis toxin treatment. Taken together these results indicate that [Ca2+]i is controlled in U937 monocytes by mechanisms distinct from those which appear to operate in other myeloid cells, such as neutrophils, stimulated with C5a and formylpeptide.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Portland Press Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk