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Assay Drug Dev Technol. 2003 Apr;1(2):281-9.

Jak2 and Ca2+/calmodulin are key intermediates for bradykinin B2 receptor-mediated activation of Na+/H+ exchange in KNRK and CHO cells.

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Department of Medicine (Nephrology Division) of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.


Na(+)/H(+) exchangers are ubiquitous in mammalian cells, carrying out key functions, such as cell volume defense, acid-base homeostasis, and regulation of the cytoskeleton. We used two screening technologies (FLIPR and microphysiometry) to characterize the signal transduction pathway used by the bradykinin B(2) receptor to activate Na(+)/H(+) exchange in two cell lines, KNRK and CHO. In both cell types, B(2) receptor activation resulted in rapid increases in the rate of proton extrusion that were sodium-dependent and could be blocked by the Na(+)/H(+) exchange inhibitors EIPA and MIA or by replacing extracellular sodium with TMA. Activation of Na(+)/H(+) exchange by bradykinin was concentration-dependent and could be blocked by the selective B(2) receptor antagonist HOE140, but not by the B(1) receptor antagonist des-Arg10-HOE140. Inhibitors of Jak2 tyrosine kinase (genistein and AG490) and of CAM (W-7 and calmidazolium) attenuated bradykinin-induced activation of Na(+)/H(+) exchange. Bradykinin induced formation of a complex between CAM and Jak2, supporting a regulatory role for Jak2 and CAM in the activation of Na(+)/H(+) exchange in KNRK and CHO cells. We propose that this pathway (B(2) receptor --> Jak2 --> CAM --> Na(+)/H(+) exchanger) is a fundamental regulator of Na(+)/H(+) exchange activity.

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