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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 May 14;317(4):1114-20.

Prostaglandin F2alpha amplifies tumor necrosis factor-alpha promoter activity by the FPB prostanoid receptor.

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0207, USA.


This study examines the regulation of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) promoter activity by prostaglandin F2alpha ( PGF2alpha ) in HEK cells stably expressing either the FPA or FPB prostanoid receptors. Cells were transiently transfected with a luciferase reporter plasmid under the control of a TNF-alpha promoter and luciferase activity was measured. In the absence of PGF2alpha basal TNF-alpha reporter gene activity is elevated in FPB cells as compared with FPA cells. This elevated basal activity is blocked by pretreatment with a Rho inhibitor, but not by pretreatment with an inhibitor of protein kinase C (PKC). TNF-alpha reporter activity in FPB cells is stimulated by PGF2alpha and this is decreased by pretreatment with a chelator of intracellular calcium or by a gap junction inhibitor. In FPB cells pretreatment with a Rho inhibitor combined with either a calcium chelator or a gap junction inhibitor decreases both basal and PGF2alpha stimulated TNF-alpha reporter activity. Interestingly post-treatment of FPB cells with an inhibitor of PKC decreased PGF2alpha stimulated TNF-alpha reporter gene activity even though pretreatment did not. It, therefore, appears that PGF2alpha stimulated TNF-alpha reporter activity in FPB cells is amplified by a Rho-dependent mechanism involving calcium, gap junctions, and PKC. These findings may help in understanding the function of the FPB isoform in the corpus luteum.

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