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J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2010 Apr;333(1):264-72. doi: 10.1124/jpet.109.163519. Epub 2010 Jan 7.

How does calcium-dependent intracellular regulation of voltage-dependent sodium current increase the sensitivity to the oxadiazine insecticide indoxacarb metabolite decarbomethoxylated JW062 (DCJW) in insect pacemaker neurons?

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Laboratoire Récepteurs et Canaux Ioniques Membranaires (RCIM) UPRES EA 2647/USC INRA 2023, IFR 149 QUASAV, Université d'Angers, UFR Sciences, 2 Boulevard Lavoisier, F-49045 Angers Cedex, France.


Decarbomethoxylated JW062 (DCJW), the active component of the oxadiazine insecticide (S)-methyl 7-chloro-2,5-dihydro-2-[[(methoxycarbonyl)[4-(trifluoromethoxy)phenyl] amino]carbonyl] indeno[1,2-e][1,3,4]oxadiazine-4a(3H)-carboxylate (DPX-JW062) (indoxacarb), was tested on 2 inward voltage-dependent sodium currents (named INa1 and INa2) expressed in short-term cultured dorsal unpaired median neurons of the cockroach Periplaneta americana. Under whole-cell voltage-clamp conditions, application of DCJW resulted in a biphasic dose-dependent inhibition of the global sodium current amplitude illustrating the differing sensitivity of sodium channels to DCJW. INa2 was less sensitive to DCJW [half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC(50)) = 1.6 microM] compared with INa1 (IC(50) = 1.7 nM). Although a previous study demonstrated that INa1 was regulated by the cAMP/protein kinase A cascade, we showed that INa2 was mainly regulated in an opposite way by the activation of calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein phosphatase 2B (PP2B) and calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM-kinase II). Furthermore, we demonstrated that activation of CaM-kinase II by intracellular calcium via the calcium-calmodulin complex affected the sensitivity of INa2 channels to DCJW. By increasing the intracellular calcium concentration and/or using 1,2-bis(o-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (BAPTA) (a calcium chelator), N-(6-aminohexyl)-5-chloro-1-naphthalenesulfonamide hydrochloride (W7) (a calmodulin inhibitor), cyclosporine A (a PP2B inhibitor), and 1-[N,O-bis(5-isoquinolinesulfonyl)-N-methyl-L-tyrosyl]-4-phenylpiperazine (KN-62) (a CaM-kinase II inhibitor), we revealed that activation of CaM-kinase II was involved in the modulation of the voltage dependence of steady-state inactivation and that the CaM-kinase II pathway activated by elevation of the intracellular calcium concentration might render INa2 channels approximately 3000-fold more sensitive to DCJW. These results indicated that manipulating specific intracellular signaling pathways involved in the regulation of sodium channels might have fundamental consequences for the sensitivity of insects to insecticides. This finding reveals an exciting research area that could lead to improvement in the efficiency of insecticides.

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