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FEBS Lett. 1988 Jan 18;227(1):47-50.

Negative regulation of atrial natriuretic factor receptor coupled membrane guanylate cyclase by phorbol ester. Potential protein kinase C regulation of cyclic GMP signal in isolated adrenocortical carcinoma cells of rat.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Tennessee, Memphis 38163.


Rat adrenocortical carcinoma cells possess a high density of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) receptors which are coupled with membrane guanylate cyclase and corticosterone production. Herein we show that pretreatment of these cells with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), a known activator of protein kinase C, attenuates the ANF-stimulated cyclic GMP accumulation in a dose-dependent manner. The half maximum inhibitory concentration of PMA was 10(-10) M. When these cells were incubated with PMA in the presence of 1-(5-isoquinolinyl-sulfonyl)-2-methyl piperazine, a protein kinase C inhibitor, the PMA-mediated attenuation of ANF-stimulated cyclic GMP formation is blocked. These results suggest that protein kinase C negatively regulates the ANF-receptor coupled membrane guanylate cyclase system in these cells.

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